I started this blog almost four years ago as a way to regularize and improve my writing practice. You know: just me and my personal thoughts (and the rest of the world reading them). And why? Because I largely need an audience to motivate me – whether that is work, music, writing, or pretty much anything else – something in my psychological make-up demands it. (And believe me, I have enough insight at this point to know where that particular quirk likely came from).
I feel like I’ve achieved some of what I wanted through blogging. My writing has improved, I am a lot more confident about it and I have been pretty constant in this space. But I’m at the point now where I’m not pushing myself much, or at all – and not only does that make for an uninteresting blog, but it also fails to serve my purpose of being a better writer – and in particular a better story-teller.
So I am proposing to myself a couple of exercises in this space over the next little while. One is to resurrect the one-word essays I wrote a few of a couple years ago. I really liked those and forcing oneself to write out of random word choices pretty much demands some creative thought process. But in terms of story-telling, I am thinking to write stories based on emotions (ie: A story about happiness, a story about pity etc.) both fictional and non. After the cut I’ve included a pretty complete list of emotional states for handy reference as well as a link to a random word generator.
This being April 1st, I am going to set a two-week goal. One story or essay per day from either exercise. That takes me up to my union convention and bargaining which will put me out of commission for a couple of weeks – so it seems reasonable to set the bar there. Let’s see how disciplined I can be between now and then.