Quote of the Day: We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney
This will be a short post as I am away from home right now, but wanted to contribute to the IWSG this month, hosted by the famous Alex J. Cavanaugh. They will be announcing the winners on the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog for the short fiction contest that I contributed to a couple months ago. I stretched myself out of my usual genre/writing experience and wrote an alternative universe/sci-fi type piece. It was fun to do. I was inspired by a mystical photo I found on Pinterest of an abandoned roller-coaster. My insecurity? Well, it’s telling people I took a chance on this writing prompt, rose the to challenge, and now we can all see what the results are! I’ll post about it when it goes live. (My story was not selected. Congratulations to the winners! I’m glad I wrote something new for the contest. It was fun.)
So, my words of encouragement are, Do something a little different. It’s the new year, why not try a new form of storytelling, or even a new art form? I’m teaching a play writing class for the first time, and I’m quite excited! I’ve already had several people contact me about the class. It’s for kids in middle school and high school in my area. I say, that a cue from the youngsters who are also trying something new by taking this class, practicing their writing skills, exploring their creativity, and making new friends.
Here’s to a year of evolving! (That’s my one word for 2016).
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: What’s something new you’d like to try or do in the new year?
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Happy New Year, Mary! Good luck with your submission. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. 🙂 I like that photo prompt; the story you came up with must be interesting! I’m going to continue writing in the new year. I’ll take a stab at a different genre. Enjoy IWSG day. Eva
Thanks, Eva. You, too. Photos offer great story prompts!
Doing something new always helps clear the mind, I think.
Trying something outside our comfort zone is a good thing to do. I hope you have a prosperous new year full of new experiences!
Thanks, L.G. You, too!
Congrats on the play, teaching that age should prove inspiring. I hope you have a lot of fun. Congrats also on the IWSG story cut. I am looking forward to reading them. I did not submit anything, had some stuff that kept me distracted, but maybe if they do it again I can submit one.. Wishing you much success and fun in 2016.
I’m not sure what I did, but my comment went to wrong place something to do with FB? hmmmm anyway
Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit
I like the idea of doing something different. I definitely plan on doing just that! Happy New Year.
Good for you, C. Lee!
Sorry you didn’t make it! I did like your story about a roller coaster to the moon. Glad you tried something new.
Thanks, Alex. I’ll use it in my teaching and storytelling.
Evolving–I love that idea. Isn’t it what we do as we grow older and wiser. Yes, this is my word for the year. Thanks.
Anna from elements of emaginette
Glad to share it with you, Anna!
Happy New Year Mary. You are such an inspiration. Your energy and love of life is truly amazing. All the best for your new playwright class and hope it goes well for you. You inspire and encourage me heaps. xx
Thank you, Julie. I have enjoyed sharing your book! My mom liked it. She read it right away. I gave it to her for Christmas.
Thank you Mary!
Disney was a smart guy and this philosophy illustrates why. I like trying different things but I do need to work harder from the perspective of writing.
I really like the idea of a roller coaster to the moon. That sounds like some of my crazy thinking.
Tossing It Out
Great post, Mary. Congrats on your play-writing class! I think it’s a great idea. You’re obviously passionate about the theatre.
As for me, I’m spending five weeks in Italy this year – that’s new. I’m also hoping to attend a writers’ retreat in Spain, which will be AWESOME.
Let’s hope 2016 kicks some serious ass for both of us! 🙂
You have great travel/writing plans for the new year! Good for you!!! Giving you a high five on that hope for us in 2016!