I’m only allowed 90 minutes of sitting per day, and the doctor suggested I used these minutes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ha! Leisurely breakfast be damned! I’m going to blog for 27 minutes and then wolf down some Raisin Bran.
I’ve said before that the blog knows everything. If I need to know how to get paint stains off leather, or how to get rid of invasive weeds, or how to introduce a cat who doesn’t like dogs to a dog who doesn’t like cats, I just ask the blog. And the blog responds with its collective wealth of knowledge, wisdom and brilliant ideas.
Today’s blog appeal is about creative writing resources: workshops, courses, groups or other resources.
I want to be a writer, because I absolutely love writing once I get into the zone. I’ve felt driven to write all my life, ever since Mrs. Cadigan taught me how to print my ABCs. I was the kind of child whose best friend was a notebook and pen. Harriet the Spy was my kindred spirit. But when it comes to fiction, I’ve always been thwarted by a lack of good story ideas. I’m pretty good once I get going, but I tend to get stuck in that pre-getting-going phase. I’ve tried forcing ideas and I’ve tried waiting for them, but they continue to elude me. It’s frustrating.
Every day I set the timer and I write non-stop for 20 minutes. This is fun and easy, because it doesn’t have to be a story or have a beginning, middle and end. Sometimes interesting stuff emerges from this process. But I want to take it beyond that. I want to write stories.
I think I would benefit from a good creative writing course, or program, or perhaps a writing group. Something that would help me generate ideas, and give me homework and assignments and force me to start, and then force me to finish?
(I’m not as pathetic as that last sentence might suggest.)
So, Blog readers…can you recommend any good writing resources, either in Ottawa or online? Something that will help free my inner writer? Something that will help me get past my impediments, and get the keys clacking once again?