As promised, here is the post where I outline my goals for the Creativity Workshop. These will be based on the issues and interests from my previous post. I am to select three of those items to focus on throughout the course of the workshop.
I have chosen to work on genre, emotion, and character variety.
Weeks 1-4: Genre
I will write four stories in four different genres (horror, sci-fi, western, and detective) linked by either theme or motif (which I haven't decided on yet).
I will accomplish this by researching the parameters of each genre, writing a general character and plot outline ahead of time, writing for at least 30 minutes per day.
Weeks 5-8: Emotion
I will write four stories exploring (at least) four different emotional extremes. I'm going to complicate this further by insisting with myself that these all be set in contemporary settings. I think I'll link them by having all the characters be members of the same family.
I will accomplish this by outlining the family and characters ahead of time, getting into an emotional mindset before I write, not being afraid of emotion while I'm writing.
Weeks 9-12: Character variety
I want to try to slip a twist past Merilee for this section of the workshop. Rather than writing four independent stories, I'm going to write one long story (perhaps four chapters?) about four different and distinctively drawn characters.
I will accomplish this by outlining plot, writing at least brief character studies, being mindful as I write of who each character is (personality, profession, back story, etc).
So there you have it. My Creativity Workshop goals.