Carving out my year of balance includes re-introducing some of my favorite things. Some things that I haven’t had time for but need to learn to make time to enjoy.
I love to write. I’ve always written stories, created little worlds and created various and unique people to inhabit those worlds. When I was younger, most of these stories remained in my head. Some of the stories I wrote down. Other stories, along with my childhood…technically childhood best friend, but by everyone’s standards, she was my sister. We were raised together at times and well, at the end of the day, she’s my sister.
Anyway, I digress, when she wasn’t living with me, we would call each other and spend hours, and I mean HOURS on the phone creating stories about families and kids and sibling and…well, anything we could think of. We wrote our characters down to keep them straight as there were so many story lines flying around. I’m still amazed that we were allowed to hog the phone for so long. This was before the time of call waiting, so people trying to call would always get a busy signal.
The time for writing stories disappeared the older I got, between college and having a family, I quit creating fiction for a long time. About seven years ago, I started writing again when I went back to school for my MFA and I fell in love with screenwriting. I stuck with it for a few years, but breaking into Hollywood is like winning the lottery, and other things took over my time yet again.
Then I started writing this blog, because, well, I love to write and now I have a story to tell. A real story about me and losing the weight I’ve battled for years, since childhood.
Yet, I miss fiction writing. I miss creating stories. As my kids get older, I find I have more time (not a lot, but more than before) to devote to hobbies of my own. This year, I plan to write a little more fiction, things just for fun.
One of the most enjoyable events is happening right now. NYC MIDNIGHT hosts different writing contests throughout the year. My absolute favorite is flash fiction where you have to write a 1000 word short story in one weekend. My second favorite is the more traditional short story contest, which is what I signed up for at the last minute. What makes it even more enjoyable is my oldest, Allie signs up too.
The twist is that they assign certain parameters per group.
My parameters this year are: Comedy, Stenographer, and Persistence
Allie’s parameters (thank goodness we’ve never been put in the same group): Historical Fiction, Geologist, and Incarceration
I’m pretty jealous still at the components she has to implement, not going to lie.
So, this is the second time I’ve completed the short story contest. I’ve completed the flash fiction contest twice, and a screenplay short story once. I’ve received comedy or satire three times. I hate comedy. I love watching it, reading it, but creating it? No, thank you.
We have 8 days to write an approximately 2500 word short story. Guess what I’ll be doing all week?
I don’t enter these with the hopes of winning, I enter because I love the challenge and I love to create stories. So, bring on the comedy, this weeks is all about fiction!