I am a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut. My plan of study was in Political Science. But, like most college students, I don’t know what the hell I was thinking. I was able to minor in English once I was done with PoliSci and I became passionate for it. Actually, I’ve always loved to write and tell stories. I just didn’t realize through the constant thesis papers I was forced to construct analyzing topics anywhere from the Congressional Influence on the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 to the Evolution of Political Factions from Madison’s Federalist #10 to Government Shutdown in 2013. I know what you’re thinking. With six to twenty page papers like that, why would you forget you love to write? Yea well, all I have to say to you is at least they were double spaced.
I wasn’t reminded how much I love to write until I took a creative writing class my last semester of college. People are often surprised when I tell them my professor’s main focus for us was writing to be published. Often in creative writing classes, you typically do prompts and exercises which are often short stories or short scenes. In this class, we wrote books. Full stories. We started with Board Books (Not my speciality), then Fiction Picture Books, then Nonfiction Picture Books, and lastly NOVELS!! AHHHH! By the time I finished this class, I had two strong Picture Book Manuscripts and an entire outline, as well as three complete chapters, of a novel. She also taught us how to write a query letter for an agent and/or publisher.
And so, with my diploma in Political Science, I am now pursuing a writing career. I have yet to submit any of my work to an agent or publisher. I need some polishing and more writing before I feel confident enough to do that. And that is where this blog comes in. I plan to submit at least one new writing post each week. Through this, I hope to strengthen my writing and possibly even viewership (fingers crossed).
The story I have decided to tell is “Postmarked”, which is a collection of stories told through different perspectives of nine people who all begin at the Brunswick, Maine Post Office on September 22nd, 2013. Each character will offer very different and original tales, which will all move at various paces and go to various places. And each story will be told in parts. Each Monday, I add a new part of a new character’s story.
“Postmarked” begins with Eleanor’s Story, which can be found here: https://megranger.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/postmarked-eleanors-story/