To shape my amorphous family care-taking, creative entrepreneurial life, I’m using the skillshare.com class, How To Start (And Finish!) Your Very Own 365 Day Project by Cynthia Koo. The categories inspired me to get started. They are:
- Learn a skill.
- Do more of something or become better at something, ie, create a body of work.
- Build something.
I’m doing 2 skills, 2 bodies of work, and 2 to 4 builds, because:
- A – I’m crazy.
- B – I can’t not/Gonna do it anyway, so might as well be organized.
- C – Gun to my head.
While all three may seem correct considering C as metaphorical, you would be right choosing B, as the correct answer in a multiple choice is always the longest one.
Skills I will learn/practice:
Screenplay coverage, aka being a screenplay reader.[UPDATE: Great program, but not the right time for me. See Hollywood Gatekeepers on facebook. They are wonderful!]
I will build these bodies of work/do more of/get better at:
- Writing Short Stories
- Writing Screenplays
Things I will build:
- A novel
- A graphic novel
- A creative business
And, I will add 1 more category, because why the hell not?
To integrate my writing, drawing, and painting, I want to create companion online diaries by two characters from my screenplay, CARY RIVERS. Teresa and Val are middle school sisters in the 1970’s who believe the messiah for the New Age of Aquarius is a certain down-and-out stand-up comic named Cary Rivers who becomes their drama teacher to make ends meet.
I’ll post process notes and photos and maybe even some finished work somewhere along the way.
How is your creative process going?
Brenda Ueland wrote the book IF YOU WANT TO WRITE: A BOOK ABOUT ART, INDEPENDENCE AND SPIRIT, one of the best works on creative process. I love her book, STRENGTH TO YOUR SWORD ARM, a collection of her astute, funny, short, packed articles from a newspaper column she wrote in her hometown. And I love her biography, ME, a title she used well before Katharine Hepburn did.
Natalie Goldberg wrote WRITING DOWN THE BONES and other great books on writing process and life and creativity.
Jessica Abel is a comics artist and storyteller who is helping lots of folks go down the creative path. Her website is here. Check it out.
My “wise guides” for writing my novel are:
THE HELP by Kathryn Stockton
OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout
SAINT MAYBE by Anne Tyler
John Truby’s audio class called STORY FOR NOVELISTS,
as well as his book, THE ANATOMY OF STORY: 22 STEPS TO BECOMING A MASTER STORYTELLER,
and Heather Sellers’ book called CHAPTER AFTER CHAPTER: DISCOVER THE DEDICATION & FOCUS YOU NEED TO WRITE THE BOOK OF YOUR DREAMS.
“Wise Guides” is a concept by Heather Sellers, and I will elaborate in the next post.