I have the profoundest respect for fiction as thought. It has to have that degree of integrity. That’s fundamental. Everything else grows out of that. I do hope that the people I teach learn to be very critical of their premises. To ask soundness of themselves. If there’s one thing in this world I’m grateful for, it’s teaching in a program that does not give grades. Because it’s absolutely ridiculous. Somebody can make a fantastically gross error one day and be completely brilliant five years later. It makes no sense at all to say that this failure matters in any absolute way or is an indication of anything beyond itself.
Things have been quiet here because Carol and Kyra are running a conference this week. The best writing for young readers conference in the land. You can still register for single day workshops and I promise, you won’t regret it. I got my start at the conference and have also taught workshops. I can’t say enough good things about it. If you have a free day or you can make a free day if you do some rearranging, I highly recommend doing it.
And now for the challenge. I wrote. But not fiction. Ugh. It will come. I’m being patient with myself. I read. But not a chapter a day. one day was many chapters. Other days, none. And finally I GOT IN A POOL! Which is really the most important goal.
Writing: Pick an idea/character for a novel and start writing. OR Pick a book that needs to be revised and start revising. Bottom line: Do something.
Reading: Chapter a day
Fun: Ride a bike.
What are your goals?
While everyone is partying at the conference and the rest of us are left back home, I think we should do some group writing.
Today: Write a fight. Your MC and their best friend get into it. Where are they? What are they doing? What starts the fight? What ends it? Write the scene.
How is did your first TOTALLY RAD WEEK go? Mine was good. I got my reading in (and started a new novel that I’m excited about), I wrote every day. Not fiction but at least something. and I went to the pool. I didn’t do flips. Actually, I didn’t even get in the water because we chose to go to the new rec center in our town and it was a leeeeeetle wild. I sat with the baby while the other four played. I didn’t mind sitting and watching and reading. It was pretty relaxing considering the decibel level in that place is off the charts. I also flashed some people when I tried to nurse the baby. So my fun goal didn’t come to fruition. They need to happen in a calmer pool or at a calmer time.
Here are my updated goals:
1. Reading: I’m going to read a chapter in my new book every day. It seems funny to make a goal to read because I love reading but more and more I find that I don’t make time for it. I also have found that I don’t finish books like I used to. So I am going to read every day and I’m going to finish this book.
2. Writing: I am going to write fifteen minutes minimum every day and at least one page of fiction a day. Even if it means doing it with crayons while the kids draw.
3. Fun: I’m going to get IN a pool. Keeping it real.
The other night Cam and I watched this documentary about actors who get regular work and who we may recognize but we wouldn’t know their name. They are the bad guys, the lawyers, the police chiefs, etc. in the movies. Never the leads, but always the plot movers (as many of them said).
I thought it was pretty fascinating. The number of actors in Hollywood is astounding–all of them working their butts off to get work, to do what they love, etc. at a great sacrifice. Very few become big name stars but they keep doing it despite the poor money, the humiliating auditions, the horrible odds competition, etc. They do it because they couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
How did your RAD week go? What are your updated RAD goals? And what movie did you watch?
I am behind.
But, I am going to be a-okay after the conference.
(Guess what? I already know who’s teaching the classes next year! I already know the keynote! Why can’t I be this organized in my normal life?)
I do have news, but I have no internet at my place.
So I am having Ann Dee post this.
Go get ready for the conference, everyone.
Go write your novels.
And then hug everyone that means something to you.