So, as mentioned before, I’m taking an online “class” of sorts with Alice Bradley. She writes very funny things and then people buy them – two things I have yet to do (write funny things OR have people pay me to write … anything). So far in my history I find myself paying other people for me to write… hello grad school! (Hello this moment.)
This month is all about: Ideas!
Last week’s “assignment” (I am using air-quotes, or REAL quotes if you’re getting technical, because these assignments are just for me. I don’t turn them in and no one is holding me accountable. So assignment, yes, but mostly it is inspiration in a structured form so I can get my shit together again) was to come up with 20 new ideas.
Oh god, I thought, this is my biggest issue right now. I feel empty! And right off the bat I am supposed to come up with MY OWN ideas. Hello! This is why I am paying money for this class! I am idea-less! And now, “amazing” (air quotes) Alice Bradley wants me to come up with 20. Oh GREAT.
So I sat down during me evening of writing that I get once a week on purpose, and I started. I started with the ideas I was kind of annoyed at myself for having (the ideas that are redundant and I am sick of) and then I just started writing whatever popped into my mind, whatever I felt like maybe I could write about. After that fun things started to come out, silly things, things I would love to write and thought weren’t academic enough. I got 18 ideas. I didn’t get 20. My brain stopped functioning at 18 and I had to go to bed, my 2 hours were up, but 18!! That is excellent. That is 18 more than I had the week before. Go me.
Then this week the assignment was to go back and review my ideas, what do I think of them now? Which ideas stood out to me? Etc etc, ruminate! And then start writing on one. Just do it. And you know what? I actually had been thinking about 1 idea I’d written down all week, and I was kind of excited to get started on it. And I was also kind of excited to re-remember the other ideas and use them as writing props for later down the road. So I sat down with my notebook (where I use an actual pen and paper) and my laptop and got ready to read through this wonderful ideas of mine.
Guess what happened? Well… some of my ideas were so what-the-fuck that I just had to share some of them with you. Plus, this is all part of my “assignment,” right? I’m ruminating. And laughing at myself. So, pretty standard.
Ok here we go. Lauren’s great ideas for writing the next story to clearly land in Best American Short Stories:
- Tales From a Maid: The After Party
- A Nude Model
- Magical Realism: Someone doing something totally normal when suddenly they stumble across a pocket-sized unicorn. All this time they were just tiny.
- A new Christmas classic
… because that’s not setting the bar high or anything.
So it’s 15 days into the new year, how are your goals coming? Have you started in on a new routine? Do you have plans for any (big or small) risk taking? I’ll be checking in on this and letting you know how I’m doing on my goals (successfully asked my parents to watch Gabe a few times so we could unpack! Made grown up dinner plans for Saturday for the first time in months!) here and there throughout the year. Thank you in advance for holding me accountable!