This week, in terms of my Creativity Workshop writing goals, was pretty void of progress. I was going to say abysmal, but that would be just a bit too harsh.
My project of choice involved fluffy, innocent sheep who turn up tail-less in the field. Oy. Perhaps I should have considered what that would mean, in terms of a story, before I chose it: it means that somehow, someone needs to sever those little tails. Poor, poor, fluffy sheep.
My problem with this week was not a lack of ideas. It was not a lack of ability, or time, or even writer’s block. My problem? The idea I came up with rattled me a little bit, because it’s totally not something I would normally write. Yes, yes, I know that’s what the workshop is for — to get out of my comfort zone, to try something new, to push myself, for fun and for practice. Eeeeek. Schizophrenic Bo-Peep? Innocent sheep, harmed by their own trusted shepherdess? Um…not completely my scene.
Still, once the idea snaked into my brian, it coiled up and would NOT move. I was intrigued by it — I just wasn’t so sure I wanted to write it. Something about it was off-putting, and I hid from it for a few days.
It scared me, but I did not ditch it. Friday morning, I took a deep breath and faced it. And you know what? I like it a lot better than I expected to. It’s colorful and vivid and dizzying, intense. I still feel like I’m sort of closing one eye to it, not going as deep with it as I could, but the eye that’s open thinks the story’s pretty intriguing.
Though I didn’t finish it, and I only worked on it those two days — one for planning, one for facing the plan — I’m satisfied with the fact that I didn’t ignore the things that scared me.
This week, hopefully, will be better. My inspiration for the new story the nursery rhyme “Sailing, Sailing,” and it will deal with love interrupted by nature and time, and waiting for someone to return home. I have a smattering of social plans this week — holiday on Monday (YAY for pools and lakes), friend coming to visit on Friday, taking another friend to the airport, a reunion with my old roommates — so the challenge this week will be a busy schedule.
I can’t believe this is already the last week of the first set. So far, I have one completed story that I like, one idea I’m SUPER-EXCITED about, and a half-written idea I’m still somewhat unenthused about. I’d like to add another completed story to the list this week!
Happy creating, everyone!
PS: If you’re new-ish around here and have no idea what the Creativity Workshop is (also known on Twitter as #CreateWS), click here for a post about the workshop itself, and click here for a post about my goals for the workshop.