I never just stare at a blank page.
I don’t start to write unless I have something to write about. A picture. A line. A thought. But, that can be problematic because the need to write is often so pervasive that it distracts me from other things. So, then I sit down with whatever snippet of an idea, or even less than that on occasion, has been paramount in my thoughts and I plunk at the keys to see what comes of it.
Rubbish usually follows, of course.
And I will then delete what I wrote and move on with my day. On the rare instance that I like what I wrote, I’ll still end up reworking it because the original idea wasn’t related at all to the result. However that “reworking” process evolves, at some point I will look at the words and tell myself the following:
Write something worthwhile
Write something provocative
Write something memorable
Write something funny
I want to be good at the first. I aspire to the second. I would love to do the third. I feel like I used to do the fourth sometimes. These days, however, I just need to write. Whatever the words end up being, if I write enough of them maybe I’ll find my way back to something that actually means something to somebody, myself included.
That day is not today. For now I’m in search of inspiration and I would enjoy some help along that path. I seem to do better at writing projects that involve other people at the moment. Somehow that keeps me focused in better and able to actually see it all through to some sort of conclusion. So, in that vein, how about joining me for a game?
The rules are simple. Create a character and I’ll use all the characters to write a story. So, I’ll create a character. You all create characters too. Either send them to me directly or post about them and link back to here. Then I’ll write a story that somehow incorporates all of the characters. I’m not promising it will be more than a short story, or more than a blog post for that matter. I’m not promising it will be worthwhile or provocative or memorable or even funny. But, I will write something.
How does that sound?
Good, I’m glad you like the idea too. I’ll start…
Here’s my character: We begin with a girl. Because there’s always a girl. This one is named Heather. She has hair that beams golden in sunlight as it cascades below her shoulders. Her eyes, hazel, crinkle at the edges when she smiles and her laugh is far more playful than she ever intends it to be. She lives in a small apartment overlooking the beach, though she never actually bothers to gaze out towards the breakers or walk along the edge to let the waves lap at her toes anymore. She doesn’t even hear the crashing booms of the waves echoing on the otherwise silent nights except on those nights when she needs sleep the most and the noise agitates her rather than sends her to sleep. She spends her days at an office an hour commute away, where she does work she enjoys but is always left exhausted and feeling like she’s missing something by the end of the week. She loves movies and books nearly equally, in all genres and styles. She cries when she’s happy and when she’s sad. And, she knows she will always be single, but isn’t sure why that it is. There is some part of her, something buried or forgotten, that she doesn’t fully understand.
And, that is your introduction to Heather. So, who else is going to go into this story? Let me know so I can get started on it!