This weekend I got some inspiration from a recent article in the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Angela Wu’s piece “A novel in 12 weeks? No sweat!” highlights a course taught by professor and novelist Susan Choi titled “How to Write a Novel in Twelve Weeks (or at least make a start)”:
“Though most fiction workshops focus on shorter stories, Choi said she wanted to teach a class dealing with novel writing, starting with the importance of putting pen to paper — or fingers to keyboard — regularly. She requires her six students, selected from a crop of 30 applicants, to e-mail her at least 300 words of their novel every Monday through Friday….
One of Choi’s class policies: no editing allowed. When the goal is to write the first draft of a novel over 60 days, every addition is a sprint to the finish line.” Read More
The idea is an extended version of NaNoWriMo, and it got me to thinking that it’s the perfect summer plan. Because I’m a teacher, I naturally think in terms of the three-part academic year: Spring, Fall, Summer. Because our family homeschooled for ten years, I’m also a committed do-it-yourselfer and life-long learner.
You and I may not be in Professor Choi’s class, but we can write our own syllabus for our own summer course that allows and inspires us to write, to start, to finish… to do whatever it is we want and need to do.
Why not? I’m going to mull this idea over for the next couple of weeks. If I go ahead with it, I’ll post the details here for anyone who wants to follow along.
What do you think?