I’m sure most of you are at work or doing something distracting you from writing. But RIGHT NOW: Write something creative–whether it’s on a piece of receipt you pull from the cash register you’re at, a scratch piece of paper from your printer, or on the very device you’re “cheating” at work with and then share it with the rest of us in the comments.
A couple months ago, the new owners of the Damon Runyon Theatre in Pueblo gave us SET ensemble members an opportunity to dig through their stuff (and if you’ve ever been in a community theatre, you understand there’s always a TON of stuff) and take away whatever we wanted.
So we went down to P-town and shopped.
^^^There we are, having lunch at Jorge’s after loading up the trucks. (I’m in the corner. If you feel like knowing who the other cool people are, you can find most of them here.)
Anyways, in the theatre was this roll top desk. Large. Dark wood. Had seen better days. There were bits of taped-on labels like: ‘hair ties’ and ‘glue.’ The kinda things you find backstage. But other than being fairly worn, it was in pretty good shape.
I already have a pretty nifty small roll-top desk (hereafter known as Writing Desk I), so at first I didn’t think I wanted it.
Then…I thought about it.
And thought about it some more.
And it wound up on the back of the truck.
And it wound up in my garage.
And I wound up refinishing it.
I mean, I haven’t showered in days between work, writing, and theatre…but the desk is done!
(The lighting in my garage sucks, so you get a close up for the color.)
(Also, special thanks to all those crafty people on Pinterest who recommended the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Love it.)
^^^I’m in the corner.
I don’t know if Chuck Wendig, King of Random Generator Prompts, has used this one yet, but I discovered it and thought: “Now there is a thing.”
Behold! The NEW AGE BULLSHIT GENERATOR
Here’s whatcha do: Go to the site. Hit the “Reionize Electrons” button at the top of the page. The generator will give you some New Age Bullshit. Take that information and write a short piece (100 words? 1000? It’s up to you.) Share the results/link to the results in the comments section.
This writing prompt is two pronged: one for us and one for you.
Last week, I read this article in Slate about the anti-to-do list. As someone who can get discouraged by the length of my own to-do list (I get bogged down in the have-tos until it feels like that is the sum total of my life: all the things I have not done), I found L.V. Anderson’s article much more inspiring.
To sum up: instead of listing things you need to do, make a list of what you have already accomplished for the day/week/month/whatever. Today, for example, I have written three blog posts, ordered scripts for an upcoming production, hunted down two more jobs to apply for, and responded (articulately) to three important emails. I’ve only been awake a couple hours. Go me!
So, your two-pronged writing assignment, should you choose to accept it:
- Write a DONE! list for yourself for the last week. You don’t need to share this. I just want you to feel good about what you’ve accomplished. And….
- Write a DONE! list for a fictional character for this past week — Batman, Dr. Who, or someone you create yourself. Share it/link to it in the comments section so we can all have a giggle or a cry.
My friends and I have a Pinterest board where we share interesting pictures to inspire us to write cool things. This is one I keep coming back to, and which I responded to in a 365 story (below image). I’d like to see what you guys do with it. Share your response or link to your response in the comments. Happy writing:
So, I’ve just written a bunch of 100 word stories…now I think it’s your turn.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it: write a 100 word story of your own. It doesn’t have to be great. This process is just to play.
Put your results in the comments section, or share a link to your own blog/website. Can’t wait to read what you come up with!
Photography by Emory John Collinson