For me, humor writing is easier. Or, rather, it's safer. There is no danger in throwing out a funny piece, because it's not meant to be taken seriously. If it's poorly written, who cares? If it fails as humor, then I can place that on you. They just don't have my sense of humor! See what I've done? I've completely hidden myself beneath an ugly, threadbare blanket, peeking through the holes in the fabric, occasionally, to hold some words up to the filtered light. Is this any way to write? Is this any way to live?
In high school and college, I wrote poetry. I'd spend weeks revising a sentence alone. I sent out my work. I got into journals. (Ok, A JOURNAL. With a horrible website at that.) In undergrad and graduate school, I wrote complex, meaningful essays. I wrote professional-grade research. Research that impressed even me. Research that allowed me to establish new theories about the writing process in this technological age. Research I was too nervous to try to publish.
Despite some regrets, in any of these scenarios, I was proud of my writing. And I'm finding it difficult to be proud of what I write here. If I'm to continue my blog, and if I'm to grow as a writer, this needs to change. Obviously.
So, to that effect, I'm starting a new weekly series based on writing prompts. Sure, it'd be lovely if this turned into the next Dear, So & So, or Random Tuesday Thoughts, or Wordless Wednesday (anyone know who started that one?), or TMI Thursday. Actually, scratch that. I'm no so much a fan of TMI. By definition, it's, um, too much.
But right now, it's ok if it's just for me. In fact, it's not exactly a novel concept. Regardless, here's my contribution to this idea of the collective writing effort. Embrace it! (Or don't.) The main point is that I do. And that I let it take me back to that place where fear, shame, and insecurity doesn't turn my emotions away from the page. Doesn't filter them from the light.
And this is how it works:
1. Each week (or so), I'll choose a passage, quote, poem, or photograph--even an event--to inspire the post. Begin the post by sharing that prompt.
2. The post itself can be a reaction, a story, a poem, a set of dialogue--anything, really. I suppose it could even be funny.
3. My goal is not to eliminate my other writing voice(s), but to expand it.
4. Ultimately, this is an exercise, and I'm not sure how it will work or what it might help me to discover.
5. Join me! Grab the above button & link back to my "Product of Silence" tab beneath the header to spread the word. There you will also find a nicely edited list of guidelines. (I imagine there may be some kinks to iron out along the way. Find all those up-to-date revisions on this page.)
6. There is no fixed day for this; I think keeping it open would help to avoid forcing a reaction. Sound good?
And, in case any of you want to join me for the maiden voyage, I'll be putting up my first POS (heh) post on Thursday. Let me know what you think, won't you? And let me know who's planning on joining in this Thursday! (Or the next, or the next...)