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Hey there. I’ll have more posts here on the old Life & Writing & Drawing process blog at some point. But for now I’ve got lots going on over on my Tarot Reading website if you’d like to check it out.

Soon I’ll post links to my other work and offerings regarding writing and story structure coaching. All of that is under construction right now.

Thank you so much!

365 Days: 9 Creative Projects

To shape my amorphous family care-taking, creative entrepreneurial life, I’m using the class, How To Start (And Finish!) Your Very Own 365 Day Project by Cynthia Koo. The categories inspired me to get started. They are:

  1. Learn a skill.
  2. Do more of something or become better at something, ie, create a body of work.
  3. 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:

  1. Painting
  2. 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:

  1. Drawing
  2. Writing Short Stories
  3. Writing Screenplays

Things I will build:

  1. A novel
  2. A graphic novel
  3. A creative business

And, I will add 1 more category, because why the hell not?

Creative Exploration:

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?




My Favorite Creativity Gurus

ifyouwanttowriteBrenda 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.

Chapter After Chapter

This book is inspiring, fun, and easy to use. I’ve read so many good books on the writing process. At some point I had to stop reading and just write. I know how to write, I’m inspired, I have good habits.
When John Truby’s audio class, STORY FOR NOVELISTS, inspired me to write a novel, I felt lost at first. Truby’s class made me know I could do it (it’s a fantastic amazing class!), but what an undertaking. Where do I begin? How do I begin?
I don’t even remember how I found Sellers’ book, but it was and is the perfect guide for me. All the chapters help me move forward with the writing, but the one called “Wise Guides” is my current favorite. It helped me know I can use other novels and writing books for help. But, Sellers says, pick only six: three novels and three writing guides.
This works for me. Setting limits on creative projects moves them forward. Setting limits enhances creativity.
Plus, it makes it fun. I chose my “wise guides,” and they are serving me well. I go deep into the six books without being distracted by every single novel or writing book I’ve ever loved. These six books are down inside my psyche. I don’t even need to reread them for the choice to help me. I keep the titles on an index card as Sellers suggests.
Recently I reread one of my three novel wise guides, SAINT MAYBE by Anne Tyler. I enjoyed the heck out of it as I do every time I read it. Writing while reading also went well. I was able to let the structure of that novel inform the structure of my novel. I was able to more deeply understand the flaw and need of the main character. I was able to see all the elements of the novel without losing the joy of reading it. I was able to pick and choose which parts were good models for my novel and which parts were not. Clarity of purpose. That’s what that little “Wise Guides” chapter helped me do. I know what I want to write and I know how to proceed.
Thanks, Heather Sellers, for writing CHAPTER AFTER CHAPTER.


Slogging Through With Story Structure & Scenes

When the weather is wet, the ground saturated, the air moldy, and life’s latest transition is taking not three months but three years, I rely on structure and scene to move me forward in the writing process. I slog through almost without thought, because story structure is embedded in my brain from years of study and practice, back during the drought, the crispy brown ten-year drought. Hours slide by as I type handwritten notes into screenwriting software. Print. Read. Make notes. Type into the file. Round and round. On and on. For a little excitement I slip over to the novel files and brainstorm a present time scene that can jump start or enliven the writing for any given chapter. Open file. Pick one. Observe image coming to mind. Write it. Creative spurt spent, draped here on the bed where I write, I sense I’m creeping on slippery, mossy rocks in drizzly rain, all day green-filtered light fading imperceptibly. It’s dark now. I can stop. Or start again. It really doesn’t matter.