Back in the Groove
It’s almost May 1st! How exciting! I’m so glad to be back on my Story A Day blog and writing. I haven’t written enough the past semester. That’s completely my fault, however, because I could have made the time to write, but I didn’t. Then again, NaNoWriMo kind of wore me out. A break was probably just what I needed to rejuvenate my mind and generate some new ideas.
However, I don’t know how I feel about May being here again so quickly–I mean, it feels as if last year’s StADa just began. Story A Day was my first writing challenge, the first time I got serious about writing. It felt liberating to discipline myself for a month to take those ideas that dance through my head every day and elaborate on them, nurturing them into a rich, living story. I remember being so ready to write, so anxious to get started last May. Looking back, I feel much older (spiritually, mentally, and emotionally), that I’m sure this year’s StADa will be more “grown-up” than last year’s. I can’t wait to find out how my writing style has evolved through my experiences since that time.
Lately I’ve felt as if my progression from childhood to adulthood has been catalyzed to light speed. Literally, I’m on a high-speed rail to a whole new epoch in my life. And I’m so ready to jump right into this new adventure. I’ve still got a long way to go, trust me, but I’m getting there.
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
To me, a story can be as concise as a few hundred words (or less) yet parallel a reader’s heart so perfectly that it makes it want to shout “Yes! That’s me! I know what it’s like to feel that way!” Therefore, I won’t aim for a certain word count for my stories. Quality over quantity is so, so important to me. You should watch me go through an email I’ve just drafted and cut out every extraneous word. I laugh at myself.
I’ve kept a list of story prompts (from those swing-dancing ideas!) in Excel for about 2 months, and a few of my stories will come from that warehouse. But the majority of them will come from my day-to-day life from May 1st through 31st. Each day I’ll take what I see, hear, and imagine, and transcribe that day’s story here on my blog.
Planning to be continued after 100 Anatomy and Physiology flashcards are made…groan.