Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Creativity Workshop: Weekly Roundup

I totally forgot to post this on Sunday, or even Monday. So this week I'm super late.

Last week's goal was to write in the western genre. As I think I mentioned, I have an idea for a western novel, so I was going to bypass short story and instead begin this novel. I managed a short-story length start - about one chapter - and I'm happy with it so far. I still need some plot work, but I have a good idea where it's going, I just need more detail.

So I would say I met last week's goals to my own satisfaction.

And since this is the end of the first 4-week block of stories, I would give myself a B grade. I dropped the ball in week 3, so had to rearrange my goals - leaving out the detective genre altogether. But I accomplished what I set out to in sci-fi, horror, and western, however I didn't link them the way I intended using the motif of doors. Oh well.

This week I'm supposed to begin work on the second set of 4 stories which will focus on emotion. My original goal was to write 4 stories focusing on emotional extremes all in contemporary settings and linked by main characters being members of the same family.

So far I have absolutely no ideas whatsoever and it's already Tuesday. I guess I'd better get brainstorming.

Here's where I make all my sad and pathetic excuses: Um, trying desperately to work and scrape together enough money to pay bills. Stress of said underemployment is causing my nerves to fray. Working hard on edits and revisions of novel. Doing critiques for some crit partners. Still wanna write on the sci-fi and western novels I started in weeks 1-4. Etc.

But...sometimes stress is the best inspiration. Anybody else get flashes of genius when you're mired in mind-numbing, stomach-churning stress?

Me too.

Okay, so that's it for this week's roundup. There'll be another one next week, and I'll try to post it as close to Sunday as possible!


Merrilee said...

I wouldn't be too down about missing a week - it happens.

I'm the opposite when it comes to stress - it chokes me up and I can' write a damn thing.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Yeah, stress & pending deadlines fire up my engines too. :)

Cheryl said...

Better progress than me!!! Stress, unfortunately, has the opposite effect. I need to get things done early and then take my time perfecting it.

elizabeth mueller said...

LOL, yes, especially when it directs me into writing a full-blown fist fight. High emotions sometimes does that to me! Good luck.... ;(

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Zoe C. Courtman said...

Congrats on the progress! I, too, am working hard to meet my writing goals - which is why I'm also writing to let you know I've canceled my June 28 Cognitive Dissonance blogfest. Turns out, I need to get this MS to THE END, and I need to pare down my distractions :D