Wow, it's been a long time since I've updated this. That might be a bad thing, but seeing as I've been using that time to get some writing done (and keep up with my studies, and grade papers, and plan lessons, and teach), I think it's understandable. The good news is, after neglecting it for too long, I've returned to one of the YA novels I was writing and am just about halfway done with it. This is the most progress I've ever made on a novel I was writing; as far as I'm concerned, there's no turning back now. I've got the plot completely figured out, I know my audience, and most importantly, I like this novel. It's the first part of what will probably be a trilogy (and seeing as the number three is thematically significant to this novel, that would make sense), and I'm very interesed to see where these characters go.
It's exciting, making progress, and I hope that my enthusiasm continues to grow. Anyone who knows me knows that it's not easy to get me excited about something, but when you do, it's obvious. I love telling stories, and although I don't know whether or not people will end up purchasing my novel, I hope they do, and not purely for economic reasons. Having spent enough time on this project to be emotionally invested in it, I think that it has something to offer to readers. Maybe that's just a little bit of entertainment, but as a pop culture addict, I can say that there's nothing wrong with mere entertainment.
What I really want, though, is some motivation to keep writing, to keep doing what I love to do. I've got plenty of potential stories lurking in my mind, and if readers show me that they like what I have to say, I think it would be a lot of fun to share them.
Anyway, I've got more writing to do, so I have to cut this short, but I plan on posting my "I finished my first novel ever!" blog soon enough.