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…And Now For Something Completely Different (for me, at least)

Over the summer, I met one of my wife’s high school friends and his partner (whom I will refer to as G for the ease of narration). His partner, I was delighted to learn, writes on the West Coast and is in the process of developing a movie script. I was fascinated and it took everything I had to start yammering on about my dream of writing, this blog, the attendant self-discovery, blah blah blah, yawn, sigh, etc.

Karma smiled on me that evening as a very small high school reunion commenced at a local restaurant. G and I were the only two people in the group not from the high school so we ended up chatting for most of the night.  Bless his heart, G put up with my (what I assume must have been) exhaustive, noob questions. He was incredibly generous sharing his experiences and observations and even listened to my elevator speech pitch of the story idea I’ve shared a glimpse at here.

As I shared the story, G pointed out that it sounded like it could work as a TV series. (Yes- that is about a million mile jump between where my writing is today and “TV series”.) But- that got me thinking- what would telling a story in a script be like? I’ve written a couple of short stories (and looked back at them pretty critically) but have never written in the style of a script. What would that be like?

This afternoon, after dropping the Noodle and the Goon off at a birthday party, I ended up with a couple of hours to kill. I opened my digital scratchbook (have you tried the Evernote app? two thumbs up here…) and started poking at some of the notes for The Third String. In one of those “light bulb” moments, I realized that maybe it would be interesting to try writing a story as a script. So that’s what I did this afternoon.

I’m still working on it- and have to decide if a voiceover narration would work. (From the first word I wrote in that story, I heard this proper British voice providing a narrative for the story. Think The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. No idea yet if that makes sense or is obnoxious.)

In any event, I feel invigorated in a way that nothing other than writing provides. I’m grateful for the direction from G and the rush that feeding this creative spark brings.

I wonder where this could go…

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Well, sh*t…

Hey there- been a while! That’s on me. I haven’t been writing much lately. I seem to have this 400-ton block sitting squarely on that little bit of creative muscle that I’ve got. I need to break out of this inactivity- and I think someone just kicked me in the ass.

For about as long as I’ve been trying to pursue this creative exercise, I’ve been following another blogger that seems to be on a similar journey- pursuing a deep dream to write that great story inside of us. I’ve enjoyed his stuff, even when I’ve been quietly lurking in the shadows. Check him out at

http://sofaruntitled.wordpress.com/

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Sharing

Hey- exciting development here!

In reviewing my blog stats yesterday, I noticed that a link to one of my posts, OK Dad- Live Your Convictions, was added to a blog that I was not familiar with. Curious, I went to the blog and starting reading some of the posts. I was interested right away- it’s a collection of writers and photographers challenging themselves to make the creative process a daily routine. After some email correspondence with the blog’s creator, Melissa Hassard, I am now a contributor to 20 LINES A DAY – an exercise in discipline!

This is really exciting for me. I’ve had one piece- the above linked “OK Dad…” about my 3 year old son’s predilection for “girl stuff”- that went viral and resulted in the single most read piece I’ve ever written. The vulnerability of writing pieces that are genuine and then sharing them is absolutely something that resonates with me. I’m not one for false modesty- I’m not some stoic author writing in a shack and shunning outside attention (that actually sounds like the Unabomber). I want my stuff to be read. I want to widen my audience. Being able to contribute to another blog helps me continue this process of cultivating my creativity.

So I’m thrilled to start sharing my work with new readers. I’ve still got lots to write about and plenty of work that needs to be done. I have to figure out how to best incorporate this new channel into my routine. I think some, but not all, of the pieces I’ve written will work well there.

So if you’ve been with me so far, please join me with my new friends over at 20 LINES A DAY- and thanks for coming along on the trip!

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30 Days of Write

Alright- June 1st. This blog has been up and running for almost 4 months. I’ve posted around 35 pieces in that time. Better progress than the last 20 years (with a count of… oh, say… 0!) I’m enjoying the writing. I’ve figured some things out related to my creative process. I’m emotionally invested in this process. (If you’re interested in the story of my journey to unlock my creative side, check out the posts in my “Open Notebook” category…)

I’m happy about where I’m at- but I’m not at a point where writing is something I do every day- or even every other day. I feel fulfilled and content when I’m working on something (or have just completed it) but I’m not spending enough of my time on this thing that is clearly a priority for me. So- what do I do now?

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The Proverbial Can of Worms

So- May has not been a very productive month. I’ve only posted a handful of times- although I am really proud of a couple of them. (Did you read this one? I’m really happy with it.) It has just been a challenging month- mainly due to my day job. Finding the energy to write has been tough and as my relatively few postings show, most of the time I simply blew it off.

But- clearly I’ve tapped into my creative parts in this process and they are not interested in being shut away again for 20 years. I’ve been on edge and unsettled for most of the month. I’d be willing to bet that my wife would have voted me off the island this month if that was possible. The most content I’ve been all month has been when I was actively writing something or just after I’ve posted a new piece. Having started this process of self-transformation,  I think that I now need this creative outlet on a regular basis- hence the post’s title.

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