Today kicks off Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days, which I will be participating in for the first time. It’s a writing challenge where we set our own goals, check in twice a week, and encourage each other to keep at it. You can keep up with my goals and progress here, or click on the page above. (You could also join. 😉 )
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been going through a writing funk. Here I have summer stretched out before me with loads of free time, and I can’t bring myself to start my next manuscript. I tried, and what I got was word poop, to quote Kristen Lamb’s recent post on Struggling with Burnout.
Over the past month I have embraced the funk and have occupied my time with other things: reading, drawing, cleaning, and blogging. My creativity hasn’t shut down completely; I’ve just given it a chance at a different outlet. The test comes this week, however, as I plunge into actual work. Something will come of my efforts. Good, bad, or poopy, I will write! Thankfully, an idea struck the other day. I’m not sure I like it, but since it’s a plausible subplot, I’m willing to mull it over and see what comes of it.
The idea came to me in the theater as I was watching a special showing of The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King extended edition. Now, one might say that’s perfectly natural. After all, LoTR has great storytelling, great characters, and a great plot. What’s not to be inspired by?
Except I don’t think Gimli should engender thoughts about vampires. Nuh-uh, not seeing the connection. Talk about multitasking on the brain, trying to enjoy a mesmerizing tale of epic proportions and working out the motivations of a rogue vampire killer. Seriously Muse, show some respect? Sometimes you have the attention span of a two-year-old.
Anyway, wish me luck on this endeavor! And in honor of this challenge, in this Monday’s short story it’s “Teagan’s Turn to Write.”