Thursday, May 10, 2012
Story A Day in May: Progress Report
I learned about Story A Day from new blogging buddy, Elizabeth Twist. (For The Blogging A-Z Challenge April 2012, Elizabeth posted bits of research she planned on using for stories written for Story A Day in May.)
Knowing my creativity needed a boost, I signed up. Two days before it started. Two days. I had no plan, no prompts, no list, no nothing. While my husband wondered what had happened to his real wife, I banged my head on my desk a few times, hoping to shake some sense loose.
And, as usual, I worried for nothing. I am loving this challenge! I modified it a bit - as The Rules say you're free to do - and that helped me feel less, um, stressed. Instead of writing a story every day, I write one story every weekday. So, by the end of May, I'll have 23 new stories, some of which I'll revise and sub, some of which I won't. (As of today, I have seven stories written and I plan on going back to three of them.)
For me, it's become about focused creativity. My muse knows that Monday thru Friday we need to come up with . . . something. It needs a beginning, a middle, and end. It can be based on the prompts from Story A Day or not. It can be long or short or micro.
It's become more about the craft, more about story itself. And isn't that really what it's all about anyway?