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.
IF I LAUGH is the working title of my novel.
The premise: A young single mom and failed hippie returns from a midwifery-farm collective in the 1970’s to her suburban family home and forms the first all-ladies comedy club in her parents’ garage.
Designing Principle: Force a suburb-hating idealistic young earth mama in the 1970’s to confront the lack of equality inside her cherished community on a farm collective.
I’m finished with the outline and starting the first chapter and one of the other chapters.
I’m enjoying the process of writing more than I usually do, because I’m letting my creative urge lead the way. I love writing three different stories in three different forms (screenplay, novel, graphic story) that spring from the same story world and character web.
How is your creative flow going?
It’s been a long day and I’m just now about to get some writing done. Here’s what I’m working on:
Screenplay: CARY RIVERS
Premise: Two junior high girls in the seventies think the messiah for the New Age of Aquarius is a stand-up comic.
Designing Principle: Force a cultural critic (1970’s new rock star style comedian) to live and work inside the institutions he criticizes.
What are you working on?
Hey y’all, I’m opening up the old Life & Writing Blog, so that I can continue posting about such things. I have changed the title to my name, so it will be the same across multiple platforms. I’ll be going back over old posts and cleaning up broken links, but for now, some links in older posts may not be functional. I’ll be writing a daily post about creative process here, on Medium and on my facebook page. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Hey guys and dolls.
This is my creative process blog.
Want to play along?
All you artists on Medium and my Facebook list, friends and family, acquaintances and clients, writers group buddies, painters, sculptors, musicians, filmmakers, writers, comics artists, collage artists, and you who want to make a daily appointment with your creativity:
You may check in here in the comments. Report what you’re working on and how it’s going. Ask or answer questions. Post an excerpt or synopsis. Or just read along while you do your work.
A while back I started a process blog for drawing, but I wasn’t able to keep it up at the time. Now, I believe I can start today, June 1st, and work on my writing and other creative endeavors at least a little bit every day from now on. For me, that’s huge. I intend to make the most of this opportunity by keeping a daily creative appointment with myself. I always did better making it down to the Town Lake trail to walk when I scheduled it with one of my neat lady bodyworker walking buddies, Cameron, Liz, Kim, or Cheryl. So, I’m inviting others along here, too.
Maybe start your own process blog on Medium or Facebook or other platform and let’s follow each other and link to each other.
I’m working on one screenplay, one novel, and one graphic story. I’d like to focus on these three, create a timeline, and systematically work toward finishing them. They’re interrelated. Each one helps me write the others.[This little paragraph is an example of a possible post, or the beginning of one.]
I imagine the daily posts will be short sometimes and take any number of forms:
“Aha” moments about personal creative process and how to proceed.
An excerpt from the work of the day.
A mini-report on the work of the day.
A drawing or doodle.
A question to readers about your own creative process.
A question to myself about a creative problem.
But I’m open to seeing where the blog wants to go.
Please play along in any way you like.