Fill the Well #DIYMFA #3

I am participating in the #DIYMFA book club. You can read the first post in this series here. Number 2 here. I participated last year as well, so if you would like to read my original post on this topic you can read that here.

Gabriela Pereira is the author and instigator of the DIYMFA empire.

Prompt: What tools do you use to feed your creativity?

  1. My IRL writing group
  2. My online Storyaday writers group
  3. Sprints with other people online
  4. Lists of words
  5. Other blogs
  6. Tarot cards pulled for writing
  7. Podcasts I listen to
  8. Exercise
  9. Freewrites that start with a phrase or word
  10. Pulled lines from poems or books
  11. My notes in my journal and KEEP notes

If you would like to know more about any of these tools let me know.

How do you fuel your creativity?

What is Your SuperPower? #DIYMFA Book Club #2

On the DIYMFA website there is a cool quiz. I love quizzes and used to do them in Seventeen magazine. (Remember that publication? The August issue was always HUGE and sometimes didn’t fit in the mailbox)

I always feel I get a little insight into myself no matter how silly the quiz is. I have used the quiz as a teacher coach. I like these types of quizzes as springboards for conversation, communication and, reflection.

This SUPERPOWER quiz is supposed to lead me to how I approach writing. My initial results indicate the Disruptor. You can read the description below.

You Can Take the Quiz Here

Result: The Disruptor

You’re drawn to larger-than-life characters who rebel against the status quo. Your stories champion people who will do whatever it takes to change their societies, overcome all odds, and defeat tyranny. Whether your character makes a small but significant personal choice or starts an all-out revolution, at the core your stories are about sharing your ideals with the world.

Then I took the quiz again with mostly the same answers and got:

Result: The Underdog

You are the quintessential underdog storyteller and your superpower is creating relate-able characters who have a deep desire to change something in themselves or in the world around them. From rags-to-riches narratives to epic David-and-Goliath-style battles you craft stories with high stakes and compelling characters your readers can’t help but love.

My Reflection:

As I said, this is not a scientific study nor a psychological test. As a writer of short stories I am constantly creating new worlds and characters. I love a great story that has a character that changes throughout the course of the story and who has a shift of mindset.

I am a rebel – even for rules I impose on myself. I don’t like being told what to do in most cases, even if I tell myself. HA! I have had critiques where the reader felt there are too many unanswered questions or a character did something completely surprising. I don’t always follow story rules. I am usually ok with that though.

I do have deep fundamental beliefs that come through some of my stories. I am not sure as a writer that I would want to stop that. Not all the characters I write share my same beliefs. For one, that would be terribly boring.

Depending on the type of piece I am writing depends on how I approach it. It makes me multifaceted and I like it!

What is your superpower!? I would love to know what you are.

If you would like to read the first post in this series you can click here.

#DIYMFA Series – Reality

I am participating in the #DIYMFA book club. You can read the first post in this series here. I participated last year as well, so if you would like to read my original post on this topic you can read that HERE.

Gabriela Pereira is the author and instigator of the DIYMFA empire. Her prompt for honoring reality is:

Has there ever been a moment when writing felt completely incompatible with your real life–when it felt like there was just no way you could make the two exist together?

The largest component that pops out for me from this prompt me is the idea of BALANCE. I wrote about balance for the Five Minute Friday challenge and you can read that post here. 

Writing is part of my daily reality, but balance is a myth. There are priorities in life and you have to decide what goes first everyday. Every day can be a different set of decisions about what is essential.

When I read this prompt this morning this is the story that came to mind to share.

During NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) this past November the goal is to write about 1700 words a day to reach the goal of 50,000 words for the month. I had an important workshop I needed to attend for 2 days at the end of the month including travel and overnight stays. There were days that I wrote more than 1700 words during the challenge. There were even several 3000 word days! I had no way of knowing if I would have time during the training to write, so I made sure I reached my 50,000 word goal BEFORE I left for that trip. There were several mornings I woke super early (3am early) and wrote 1000 words before I went to work. I wrote in pockets of time to get the goal accomplished. Plus I really love this story! I formed the goal and then the plan to make the word count happen. I was committed and it became reality.

For me, writing doesn’t always look like words on the screen. Sometimes it is notes in the notebook or on the KEEP app. Sometimes it is only a blog post. Sometimes it is a full short story.

WORDS happen every day because that is the reality I create. Words help me connect to myself and other people. I believe you make time for what is important to you – writing is that thing for me. It isn’t the only thing – but it is near the top of the list!

What do you make time for in your life?