While reading Ray Bradbury’s “Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity,” I was struck by two ideas at once: his zest for short stories and the concept of investing dimes.
Bradbury said that he would start a short story at the begining of the week and work on refining, editing and polishing for the rest of the week. It was the short, condense method of bringing an idea into the world, flushing it out and putting it out there for the world to see.
My current MO is to store up ideas, fragments of conversations and unique locations for a massive purge during November (NaNoWriMo.org) to which I spend three months in creative recovery only to do it again. This has been going on for six years.
Am I do a change? Probably.
The second concept highlighted in Bradbury’s book was “investing dimes.” There was a time when Bradbury, to get his story out and typed on paper, would have to rent a typewriter for ten cents a half hour. He would have to have a solid idea, know where he is headed and purposefully start pounding at the first tick of his 30 minutes.
The time I blocked out for my creative time can be hijacked by pictures of cats on my Instagram feed, reorganizing my journaling pens, or searching for just the right song to unlock my inner muse.
What if I was to treat my creative time as if I was investing dimes into my novel?
Or better yet, what if I was to combine this two Bradbury gems into one creative endeavour?
I will write a short story a week – germ of an idea to polished diamond. To do this, my clock starts ticking after I get up. I have an hour “rental” in my morning to work on a piece of work.
It may just work. Since I’m not overly fond of jargon such as “goals” I may just label this as — an investment. A 52-week investment in my writer side. Which, between you and me, was ready to come out of recovery from November with vengence.
One side note, what does “pubished” look like? What will happen at the end of this week to my story? Good question.
I created a temporary blog to post my short stories weekly (Saturday morning). Feel free to follow me there or check in once in awhile to keep me honest! http://www.weegeesachtjenshorts.wordpress.com
I will let you know that the first one explores what appears to be a dark side of human nature but is really just my view of anxiety.
Thank you and have a creative week!