|My Writing Program
||[Sep. 6th, 2006|12:35 pm]
Creactivists' Voice: The Beginning
Here I am sitting, at the allotted time for the planning for my writing program, wanting to hurry it up so that I can watch a netflix that just came in. I was excited about the prospect of this new endeavor, when it first occurred to me, that it was something I would accomplish and looking forward to discoveries about myself and my writing I might uncover in the process. The truth is, I love to write. The fact is, no matter how many ideas I have, I am excrutiatingly slow at getting them on paper. The great mystery, for me, is within that contradiction. I have encountered all manner of advice from fellow writers at writers' conferences, friends who write, articles in writing magazines, and even therapists. I have been at a loss, since few people have seemed to really understand that I never run out of ideas, I simply can't force myself to move any faster than a snail's pace at constructing them. Perhaps I never slow down enough in my usual routine to give myself a chance to step into that inspiration flow. Perhaps the aging process scares me, how it was so very much easier when I was a child with few responsibilities. Talent is not reliable. Diligence always pays off in one way or another. At the moment, the urge to hurry is also the urge to fill up the empty page, make it amiable and less forbidding, create something out of nothing and hopefully leave a trace of me behind.
I have, however, digressed. The mystery may have many facets, but the problem is simple. I need to find the best way for me to work. I need to satisfy the inquiry within myself as to whether or not I have truly followed through with the advice I have been given. So, month by month, I shall try various different methods in the art of writing, reporting first on my concerns about them and concluding with my findings as to how, when, and why they work or how, when, and why they don't work, for me. I expect that through these exercises, I will be able to tailor the most effective methods to my specific needs, with the strong background of a structured try. I will also require to be held accountable, and so I will report here throughout each month.
These are the methods I have singled out to try for a specific time everyday:
o September: Writing by Prompts, one prompt or project at a time.
o October: Freewriting first, again working on one project at a time AFTER freewriting for 15 minutes.
o November: Writing so many words/day, to strive for the Novel in a Month project. (approx. 1,700)
Also, outlining my plot first.
o December: Multi-tasking…working on many projects at once, within an allotted time.
The special concern I have for September, is once I get going with something, sometimes I like to combine everything I'm working on together, which equals a plot mess. I always think of sorting the mess as apart of the creative process, but its not always easy for me to decide and stick to my decisions about what part of the script is going where. I think this is often a stumbling block for me because I like to keep in mind what Im doing with the project, the whole project, while Im working on it, and yet I change things all the time.