This blog is a personal sojourn through my own creative angst.
I want very much to awaken from the self-induced creative coma I have placed my muse in for the last decade. I am ready to rejoin the world as writer. This blog is my roadmap back.
To jump start my creative mojo, I’ve challenged myself to write everyday between the Summer Solstice (June 20, 2012) and the Autumn Equinox (September 22, 2012). So I’m committing publicly to write for 98 days. This is a huge step for me given the fact that since entering the 21st century my writing has primarily been in text, Facebook posts, and emails to coworkers revolving around potluck items and baby shower gifts. I should give my self credit for the biopsychosocial histories I pen but given their formulaic nature…I simply cannot.
My challenge to self goes a step beyond the required daily writing, I must also explore different word art classifications. So fingers to keyboard (stopped using paper and pen in 1998) I will compose poetry, prose, personal essay or short short stories. Prior to said composition I will reacquaint myself with the genres (tragedy, saga, thriller, etc.) of my youth. So there’s step 3 in this game – research.
I’ve decided not to limit my word usage (verbosity has been an issue for me for a long time). However, I don’t want to cheat myself either by pretending I can suddenly haiku (like Zuumba, haiku has alway eluded me) or deliver 100 word shorts that have no real direction. Hence step five: each composition must be able to stand alone as a complete work.
This is not a journal about writing. I don’t want to confuse myself by writing about writing. I haven’t written in so long I don’t know how well a writer I am; least of all if the writing I write is good enough for me to then lend advice to other writers turned comatose turned novice. So this is by no means a DIY for book writing or writer’s resource (unless you let me copy from your paper too). However, it is important to me that I post complete works. By complete I mean there will be no ‘continued tomorrow’ written at the bottom of any blog I post over the 98 day journey. I will tag ‘The End’ and pray I’ve developed my piece so that it does not leave my reader in a WTF frame of mind (in a bad way though). Which leads me to step 6: establishing a readership so I can get feedback and fix the WTF moments.
It’s important that writers write. However, in order for a writer to grow she must be read. I’ll need help from my peeps or other people’s peeps in order to learn from my journey. No point in traveling the road less traveled if you got to go it completely alone. So I’ve asked my Facebook peeps to read my work (not that nonFacebook peeps are unwelcome).
I’m freaking out a bit because I don’t know where I’ll start least of all where this 98 day hike is going to take me creatively. But I’m packing my bags and getting the necessities gathered so I won’t run out of gas before I start my engine. Thank you to anyone who chosen to join me (vicarious unions count too).
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I just did a similar daily writing challenge in May. It is a great and (you’re right) exhausting experience. I’ll be here with moral support!
Hey Sis do I add my writings?
Do you mean add to 98dayjourney?
I am not a writer… Far from it in fact, but I’ve been busy reading your pieces and they are fantastic. Many of them are very moving. I hope you don’t stop when the 98 days are over! Maybe reduce the frequency, since I know it must be tons of work, but I love reading your posts.
Btw I read your Haiku and loved that too.
Thank you for reading I appreciate it.