It’s so close to Christmas that there is a softness in the silence, that is, when you have the time to notice. I thought for a while about writing something Christmassy, but I couldn’t think of what to write. It was driving me bonkers until I relented to the fact that my brain was not going to cooperate.
I wish every one of you good cheer and tidings for the season. ❤
I wrote about the free writing course I’m currently taking a few of weeks ago, The Ugly Baby Challenge. (I still chuckle when I see this title.) The first three weeks, Holly devoted to a free online class she offers, How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t Suck.
I’m still working on my five flash fiction pieces. It’s more difficult than I thought it would be. Being a pantser is what the problem is. Holly wants me to plan and plot these stories out. Although I always have a storyline of some type in mind when I start, how I get from the beginning to the end is decided as I write. I did come across a blog post though that may help me out. It showed how to write a story using seven steps. Yeah, I hear you, BIG DEAL! It looks like it’ll really work if I opt to give it a try because I’d start out with the end, go to the beginning and then, fill in. Anyway, it’s an interesting concept to me.
In the last newsletter Holly sent, she asks one question, going into a little detail, of course.
Somewhere inside you, you WANT, you DESIRE, you YEARN— you have a huge, compelling, driving NEED to do this thing that is NOT an easy, simple, or straightforward thing. You have this mountain you must climb. And you need to know WHY. So ask yourself:
“What do I hope to get out of my writing?”
At first, all I could think of was just the pleasure of being involved in the craft. Howbeit, my thoughts drifted to the question, what if my abilities in writing flourished enough that I actually had a book published? Would my itch to write change?
Yes. I want to make my mark in this world. It would be great to be as famous as… say… Dan Brown. But I’d be happy with a few books published and a following of readers.
I like the way I feel when I’m writing. I have so many thoughts that I dearly want to express. Yet, when I open my mouth, what comes out isn’t usually really what I’m thinking. Is that a lack of self-confidence, a low self-esteem, having an introverted personality, or is it some or all of what I just mentioned? Whatever the answer is, writing takes care of the issue(s).
Now, let’s see if I can put all this into one sentence, you know, be concise. I think that’s what Holly wants for the course.
I am hoping to acquire a feeling of worth, both within myself and in my daily life from what I write and how it is received.
What do you hope to achieve through what you do to satisfy your dreams?