Several of my blogging friends have joined a 12 week Creativity Workshop and because I can’t commit (perhaps issue #1 but I’m not choosing it), I am auditing the workshop and completing the lessons when I can.
One of the first assignments was to review your issues and interests. A defining moment for me, as I am new to this writing process and have not written more than some short-short stories, a poem or ten, a bunch of blog posts, and a couple of family history essays. I have written an outline of a romance/mystery novel that I have receive positive feedback on, and that I like. Most of my friends have already written a draft of their novel and are into the revision stage. I’m so far behind already.
Looking at my issues, I can list many but will stick to the three I want to work on in parallel with the class:
Issue #1 – Staying focused
Issue #2 – Starting my novel (I have lots of research, ideas, an outline, but I can’t seem to start writing it)
Issue #3 - Writing something believable
Then there are my interests. Because I am still exploring this thing called writing, I have many. (This may contribute to the focus issue above.) I like writing:
• family essays
• short stories
• funny snipets
• romance stories
• mystery / fantasy stories
• children’s stories (although I’m not very good at it)
Looking at my issues, challenges, and interests, I have a renewed comittment to my novel and have developed my goals around working on it.
Goal #1 – Learn about time travel and spells and how I can use them in my novel.
• Write 4 stories in the first month that deal with one or the other of these topics.
• Write for 60 minutes each day – attempting to be uninterruped.
• Use one of my characters as the lead in these stories, so that I may be able to use the outcome in the future.
• Give myself free reign to write out of my comfort zone (which I will need to do to write about time travel and spells).
Goal #2 -Delve into character development to strengthen my characters.
• Read, read, and read more about characted development. Learn from all the information available about how to develop
and define strong characters.
• Write a short story about each of 4 characters in my novel to learn more about them and their personalities/interaction skills.
• Make sure these four characters are “worthy” of being a part of the story.
Goal #3 – Learn how to develop and describe a setting.
• Read, read, and read more about setting development. Learn from all the information available about how to develop and describe a believable setting.
• Continue to do research on the planned setting of my novel.
• Write 4 stories, each from a specific place in the setting of my novel.
This is my start and I am making the commitment to follow through with my goals, one a month for the next 3 months. They are perhaps very basic goals, but I believe that is where I need to start.