So I struggle. I struggle a lot. I think the saying “struggling writer” is misconstrued as writers who struggle to pay their bills. In my opinion, it’s about writers who struggle to know what to write about.
Now, I don’t have writer’s block. I don’t struggle with the dreaded blank page. I actually LOVE a blank page.
Except when it comes to blogging.
I have absolutely no idea what to say. I’ve tried, as you can see in previous posts, but never with any sort of consistency. And consistency is key, let’s face it.
So I thought I could write short stories or flash fiction based on prompts.
And then I didn’t find any prompts to write about. Or at least none that was inspiring.
And then I went to the bookstore and saw this:
And I thought, there is a challenge! I could write one (or two) every day! Or that’s my hope. So I went for it and I bought it.
My intention is to do a Julie & Julia kind of thing. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, Julie & Julia was a movie based on Julie Powell’s blog about her challenge to cook all recipes in Julia Child’s famous cookery book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Except that this is not going to make me famous, and it’s certainly not going to be made into a movie.
I had even forgotten Amy Adams was in this movie, but that’s probably because Meryl Streep is in it, and let’s face it, she pretty much eclipses everybody else in it, except, maybe, Stanley Tucci.
In any case, that’s the plan.
So I started yesterday with the first prompt. It was a short one. If you have this book, you’ll know each prompt has a space to write under and some of them are very small and others allow for a full page. The first ones are very small, and I might put another one later, but so far I only have the one. I took me all day to get the idea to start with. Once I had the idea, it didn’t take me five minutes to write it, but the idea was the hardest part. So, straight after this post, you’ll get the first text. I don’t think it reaches a hundred words, but still, I was quite pleased with it.
But before I wrote that, I was talking about my idea with my partner, L. L said that this would just put pressure on me and I would end up writing some things just for the sake of it and it would be bad. This is where I educated him in the existence of Ray Bradbury and what he said:
“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”
So by the same principle, it’s impossible to write 642 bad stories, as short as they might be. I would try the 52 stories challenge, but I just have no patience for short stories. I can do flash fiction, and I can do novel, but I can’t do short story.
Now, Ray Bradbury had many, many inspirational quotes, like
I’m not sure if there are any quotes out there for writing challenges or flash fiction, maybe I’ll need to do some research, but in the meantime, wish me luck!