I’m going to be hitting a few posts today it seems. I originally did all the topics as one long post. It felt rambling and disjointed, so 3 or 4 separate posts it is.
The common thread to all of them is that all of the recent events have me thinking about my direction as a writer. To get to the point of THIS post, part of the what I was pondering was…
Not quite, LOL. It was that despite all the drama there, Twitter did have some really good writing drills shared as games among the community there. Seems there’s a little of that going on in the blogs here as well.
The Twitter stuff was all some variation of “write something about this picture or subject”. Great for being concise and expressive, given the allowed lengths of tweets. I never really got into them during my couple of months though.
A) I wasn’t part of the cool kids club, and these things generally require a “tag in”.
B) I’m what they call a “turtle writer” on twitter. I can come up with a great story, but not on the fly usually.
That’s part of what these games are for though; to get you used to letting the creative energies flowing freely. If you don’t practice, you don’t improve. Since I also need content here for when I’m NOT posting an actual story OR news of my internationally acclaimed best sellers (some day, LOL), I think I’m going to make a best effort to do a VSS thing here.
For those NOT familiar with it, VSS is “Very Short Story”. I had to google it when I first saw it on twitter. If I recall, the definition was something under 400 words. I just tried Google again, and all it gave me for search results was Volume Shadow Backup Services for backing up hard drives. Yeah Google is great… NOT.
So, yeah… Rambling… AGAIN. No wonder I think I need exercises in creative conciseness, LOL. On twitter, the ideal SEEMS to be keep your VSS to one tweet. A real challenge. I’m not sure where my VSS posts’ lengths will fall, OR how often I’ll do them at first, BUT training is a good thing, and I legitimately want to grow as a writer. As I get better, I hope to have one a day up to keep in practice and draw people to the Blog.
Maybe those of you who do writing blogs also would be interested in getting in on this? IF we did it as a group drill / friendly competition, I’m thinking once a week, and say 200 words? That gives the Turtles and busy people time.