February 4, 2020
Hey, fellow writers:
At the last workshop, we warmed up with the prompt: Have you forgotten me?
Then we worked on a prompt that had two parts. First, list 6-7 people you know who interest you enough to write about them. Describe what you find interesting.
Second, pick 2-3 people and recreate them as fictional character, making up new names, changing some aspect of their personality. Put a few of your new characters together in a scene and see what happens.
Go ahead. Try these prompts–just for fun. No pressure.
When I drafted my response, I put two people who don’t know each other in real life into a fictional situation. They interacted differently than I would’ve imagined. I wrote quickly while the timer counted down. And I left with the beginnings of a new short story I’m excited to keep drafting.
You can do this, too. See you Thursday!
On Getting Back at It After the Holiday
January 15, 2020
It is the middle of the month and I am ready to get back to the routines that guided daily living before the holidays took over in the middle of December. How about you? Are you recovered and ready to get going again?
(Hint: Come write with us Thursday night and find out.)
I took my Christmas tree down today. Each time I touched a branch to remove an ornament, needles would fall to the floor. I took the tree out the deck door and carried it across the lawn to set it upright under a 30 year old pine near the fire pit. One side of the tree had lost its branches when I shoved it through the door. I put the side with branches to face the house so the tree would look intact when I peeked at it from my kitchen window.
I cleaned up the majority of branches and needles left behind. But there is the lovely detail of emptying the water from the tree strand (Could I dump that down the toilet? Will the needles clog the pipe?) and cleaning up all the remaining needles that the broom missed on the first round. I opted to delay and update this blog instead. I will clean it later. And what about you? What are you procrastinating today?
I am relieved the holidays are over. Taking the tree outside means opening up space in front of our dining window, creating potential for something new to be put in its place. I’m glad I can pack up all the ornaments and lights and bows and not have to think about them again until November when I consider getting a head start on holiday decorating.
The holidays are a time when I surrender a majority of my attention to eating, visiting, eating, shopping, eating, drinking, shopping, eating, visiting. My surrender is like turning off a switch in regular-life room and leaving in order to turn on the switch and stay in holiday-life room. I get lost there for awhile.
But this week, I’m turning on the light in the room that matters to me, the one where I write and keep my butt in the chair long enough to finish a paragraph or that essay I’ve been tinkering with in my mind for the last few weeks.
And what about you? What are you getting back to?