Hooray! I’ve made it to the half way mark of my internship! It feels like time has flown by and I can’t believe my fifth week has already come and gone.
This week was better than week four because I was busy once again. I met with Nancy Brandon on Monday to go over her Wikipedia page I had been working on for her and we fixed up the draft a little. Did you know that if you want to have your own Wikipedia page, you or a family/friend can’t write it and you can’t pay someone to write it? I didn’t, but it put me in a perfect spot to write one up for Nancy! It’s a different type of writing, sort of like scientific writing where you write without emotion and just state facts and such, but I find it enjoyable nonetheless. The only thing is now I have to go back through and do citations for everything and that is not so enjoyable, but oh well. That’s what I’m here for.
I also finally got Katherine Oxnard’s manuscript!! And I am so jazzed!! This is by far my favorite part of the internship because I get to read a piece and critique it and become a part of the process that turns this manuscript into an actual book and I think that’s so cool. It’s one thing to just read it, but to be actively reading it and helping critique and just knowing my input is going to help make this soon-to-be-novel the best that it can is really exciting.
And that’s something I really love about this internship in general. I’m taking the things that I learned and worked on during my courses at SCAD and becoming somewhat of a teacher to these women during this internship, but I’m also learning a lot in return. I’m teaching them about social media and I get to learn about writing a novel…which is far from just getting your ideas onto the pages. It’s the whole process of getting those ideas down, making sense of them, editing, rewriting, finding an agent, query letters, synopsis’, marketing the book…it’s a whole bunch of moving parts that a lot of people don’t think of when they think “I’m going to write a book.” Which is both great and terrifying because I know more about the process of it all but the process is a lot deeper than I originally thought. Not that I really thought in depth of it but at least it gives me more perspective and I think a little more drive. I like a challenge.
Anyways, this week was mostly dedicated to reading and also gathering information on marketing(something I know about and enjoy, so the information wasn’t surprising but always good to read up on in case there’s something new/I missed). Oh, and I came up with a new fiction idea! Which is great because my head is buzzing again, but now I need to do research on how a murder trial works. And just, legal stuff in general. But I’m excited!
This first half of the internship has been a blast, and I can’t wait to see what the second half has in store.