Over the past few weeks I have been working hard to keep on track with my plan, however I have found myself inundated with pre-exam work which has taken priority over my writing. This was not an unexpected problem for me; I knew that I would have internal and external exams and so I worked 2 weeks contingency into my plan. Due to the amount of work that I have set myself, however, I would prefer not to use this contingency and have come up with a plan to catch up with my writing:

  • At least 3 of my free periods a week are now dedicated to writing my EPQ
  • I have set myself a target of at least 1 chapter a week

 

I have also found writer’s block to be a significant problem. To solve this, I have organised a trip to Reading Prison on Saturday 13th May 2017, followed by Reading Library, to give me inspiration and to revise the political themes that run throughout my idea.

 

Today, Friday 12th May 2017, I met up with an English teacher to discuss the problem of having too much work to do. She agreed with my supervisor that a novel might be too much to handle due to its length, and so I suggested that I stick to a novella. She agreed, saying that a novella is not only shorter but also arguably demonstrates more skill by having to be concise and effective with my word choice. As my work so far (15,000 words, 4.5 chapters) is progressing at a fast pace, I think that a novella as opposed to a novel will be highly beneficial to me; having researched novellas like ‘A Clockwork Orange’ already, I know that this genre is highly effective for the dystopian genre.

 

I need to organise a meeting with my EPQ supervisor to finalise the approval for my project, after which I will be able to work freely towards completing my project. In the meantime, I will start updating my social media pages: “JoinArcadia” on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.