Ummm…

So the idea was to start early. I'd like to write my early thesis proposal, but I keep changing my mind as to what the final project will look like. Let me explain. The thesis with be a creative fiction and non-fiction novel or novella. The idea is to write about a family with a child who is mentally ill. Some of it will read like a horror movie, while other sections should be more informative, almost like an explanation of how this particular mental illness presents. Oh, sorry, the illness is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a misnomer, because it's not just the fetus that suffers. The person with FAS suffers permanent disability and retardation that is life-long. FAS is the leading cause of mental retardation world-wide, and is 100% preventable.  Anyway...

So I can't decide if this should be a chronological, traditional story, from either the parents point of view, told partially in 2nd person, or if I want to write it as short stories, almost vignettes, from the points of view of different people in the story...the child's mom, siblings, teachers, coaches, doctor, etc. It might be cool to have chapters that are from different points of view, written in different voices.

The part that will be fiction will be the tale, if I decide to write it, of the child's birth. Since the child will be based on a real adopted kid, the birth story is unknown, so I'd have to make it up--total fiction. The rest of the story would be creative non-fiction, because the story would be true. Also, I'd have to cite research to explain why the kid acts as he does. These explanations would be small riffs within the story, digressions to give backstory and information to the reader who wouldn't necessarily be familiar with the effects of the disease.

Decisions to make:
Will the story be a straightforward novel/novella?
Will the story be a collection of short stories, or a novella with distinct chapters, all on different scenarios about the same kid, from different points of view?

One thing is certain, I plan to participate in NaNoWriMo in November. Why not? I'll see if this would work as a novel or novella. I've checked out the website in detail and it looks like lots of work and lots of fun. I signed up for an account, chose my home region, and created a profile. I'm ready! I'm really looking forward to participating in NaNoWriMo as part of this whole thesis writing journey. If I can get my proposal and lit review done by November, I should be good to go. I'd finish November with a rough draft in hand. How cool would that be!?! Time to get on that proposal now. Wish there were a "national early proposal writing week" to help me along. I need the structure.


 

Ummm…

So the idea was to start early. I'd like to write my early thesis proposal, but I keep changing my mind as to what the final project will look like. Let me explain. The thesis with be a creative fiction and non-fiction novel or novella. The idea is to write about a family with a child who is mentally ill. Some of it will read like a horror movie, while other sections should be more informative, almost like an explanation of how this particular mental illness presents. Oh, sorry, the illness is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a misnomer, because it's not just the fetus that suffers. The person with FAS suffers permanent disability and retardation that is life-long. FAS is the leading cause of mental retardation world-wide, and is 100% preventable.  Anyway...

So I can't decide if this should be a chronological, traditional story, from either the parents point of view, told partially in 2nd person, or if I want to write it as short stories, almost vignettes, from the points of view of different people in the story...the child's mom, siblings, teachers, coaches, doctor, etc. It might be cool to have chapters that are from different points of view, written in different voices.

The part that will be fiction will be the tale, if I decide to write it, of the child's birth. Since the child will be based on a real adopted kid, the birth story is unknown, so I'd have to make it up--total fiction. The rest of the story would be creative non-fiction, because the story would be true. Also, I'd have to cite research to explain why the kid acts as he does. These explanations would be small riffs within the story, digressions to give backstory and information to the reader who wouldn't necessarily be familiar with the effects of the disease.

Decisions to make:
Will the story be a straightforward novel/novella?
Will the story be a collection of short stories, or a novella with distinct chapters, all on different scenarios about the same kid, from different points of view?

One thing is certain, I plan to participate in NaNoWriMo in November. Why not? I'll see if this would work as a novel or novella. I've checked out the website in detail and it looks like lots of work and lots of fun. I signed up for an account, chose my home region, and created a profile. I'm ready! I'm really looking forward to participating in NaNoWriMo as part of this whole thesis writing journey. If I can get my proposal and lit review done by November, I should be good to go. I'd finish November with a rough draft in hand. How cool would that be!?! Time to get on that proposal now. Wish there were a "national early proposal writing week" to help me along. I need the structure.


 

Blog 2


It’s been a hard week, lots of reading and researching. I’ve made side notes on what I’ve read and I’ve underlined. But I have not yet started an official draft of my Lit Review. On some of my sources I have longer side notes that on others so that's kind of an unofficial draft of my Lit Review but I am still unsure what my draft will look like. I am trying to focus on reading and researching and understanding what I find. I’ve been trying to focus on finding information related to how children are affected (positive or negative way) when being raise in a broken family.

The topic itself remains very interesting to me but I still don’t know which sources I’ll be using for my Lit Review. It seems so far like the sources I’ve found talk about how parents sometimes think that by staying together they are helping the kids. From what I’ve read, research has shown that that is not always the case. While children will rather to see their parents together, they do not want to have them together under the same roof fighting with each other all the time. When I read that, I also research about whether or not is healthy to argue in front of the children. I found so far that some level of argument is actually healthy to have in front of the children so that they can see how mom and dad work things out even when they argue. But it is not healthy when the argument gets out of control or turns violent.


As for my actual novel, I took out all my crazy drafts that I’ve worked on over time. I am planning on re-reading the “final draft” I have and then looking at the older drafts when needed. I will also be working on revising and drafting more my novel. I am excited because the research I’ve found so far has motivated me to draft more. Blogging was helpful this week as well because I can see that I need to research more and start drafting my Lit Review. 

Blog 2


It’s been a hard week, lots of reading and researching. I’ve made side notes on what I’ve read and I’ve underlined. But I have not yet started an official draft of my Lit Review. On some of my sources I have longer side notes that on others so that's kind of an unofficial draft of my Lit Review but I am still unsure what my draft will look like. I am trying to focus on reading and researching and understanding what I find. I’ve been trying to focus on finding information related to how children are affected (positive or negative way) when being raise in a broken family.

The topic itself remains very interesting to me but I still don’t know which sources I’ll be using for my Lit Review. It seems so far like the sources I’ve found talk about how parents sometimes think that by staying together they are helping the kids. From what I’ve read, research has shown that that is not always the case. While children will rather to see their parents together, they do not want to have them together under the same roof fighting with each other all the time. When I read that, I also research about whether or not is healthy to argue in front of the children. I found so far that some level of argument is actually healthy to have in front of the children so that they can see how mom and dad work things out even when they argue. But it is not healthy when the argument gets out of control or turns violent.


As for my actual novel, I took out all my crazy drafts that I’ve worked on over time. I am planning on re-reading the “final draft” I have and then looking at the older drafts when needed. I will also be working on revising and drafting more my novel. I am excited because the research I’ve found so far has motivated me to draft more. Blogging was helpful this week as well because I can see that I need to research more and start drafting my Lit Review.