Fiction

Ruth – A Novella

I think I’m at a point deep enough into the writing process where I am comfortable to publicly talk about my project.

For the past six months, I have been working on a three-part novella called Ruth. I wrote the first 10,000 words of it for my Creative Writing dissertation. I think having an advisor was indispensable to me making it this far into it without giving up. I really appreciated having someone to discuss my ideas with, someone who got excited and got me excited about my characters and the story.

But ever since I submitted the first part, I have been feeling a bit apprehensive about continuing. I think one of the main reasons is because I was tired. Writing 10k in three months and polishing them enough to be looked at by others is costly and it’s intimidating. Especially considering it’s more or less a first draft of something, and it’s going to be marked for assessment. YIKES!

But now it’s beginning to sink in. I am writing a novella. I still have a long way to go, rewriting, editing and adding more layers, growing characters and etching in the details that really won my heart when I was planning this story.

That is something that I would really like to talk profess to – nothing is worth writing if you are not invested in it. It’s a lesson that keeps on giving.

So, what is Ruth about?

Ruth is partially set Cornwall, a place that is very close to my heart. It follows the journey of a convicted murderer, from the day of her prison release, building up to the first interaction with her estranged son. It explores the themes of motherhood, survival and redemption, and the chapters alternate between conventional prose and the epistolary format.

I love talking about the writing process, and for a time, I’ve felt a bit hypocritical about it because I had no specifics to share with you, or at least I didn’t feel comfortable in doing so.

All that is about to change. By sharing Ruth, I can also start sharing more of myself, more of my struggles, but also my improvements.

The gimmicks

I am on the fence about whether Ruth is going to be a novella or a novel in the end. The story has the potential to grow, it’s just a matter of whether or not I can make that happen. For now, it’s a novella.

I’m a self-confessed writing nerd, so you’ll probably come across some cheesy content once in a while (some character boards, playlists etc.), it’s just who I am.

Time frame? I don’t know. It’s my first BIG project, and I want to have fun with it. There was a point leading up to my hand-in where I utterly hated looking at the draft, and I worried about dropping the whole thing completely. Thank God that didn’t happen, but I don’t want to get back to that point.

I am really excited to start documenting this process, and I want to know how your stories are going, so please share a few lines in the comments!

 

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