Writing Goals 2018

My favorite find many years ago at Half Price Books was The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon. Written by a Japanese noblewoman hundreds of years ago, it consists of a variety of very short pieces: poetic lists, descriptions of obscure anecdotes, descriptions of ceremonies and events. There is something elegant and beautiful in its brevity and eccentricity.

That combination of qualities is something I am interesting in interpreting and creating. I have spent a lot of time this year re-investing in my passion for writing – reading The Artist’s Way, making time to prioritize reading and writing, taking some online courses, joining a local writing group, and putting myself out there by making submissions. I have made the huge step of admitting that despite my fear of critique, writing community is something I need.

During this time, I have become intrigued by a couple genres – flash fiction and flash nonfiction. Both are very short pieces; while word counts vary, many sources suggest less than 1000 words. This length requires a radical paring, a distillation to the very essence of the story and the experience.

While I continue writing in other formats – journals, a novella contest, submissions to magazines or contests, and whatever I can scribble while deliriously nursing a new baby – my goal for my blog this year is to practice my flash fiction and nonfiction skills. I hope it will be fun for everyone!

My theme will be Genesis – beginning, origin, creation, and the source of those first incredible stories in the Bible. Here’s to a wonderful 2018!

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3 thoughts on “Writing Goals 2018

  1. Have you heard of And It Was Good: Reflections on Beginnings (The Genesis Trilogy) by L’Engle? I haven’t read but want to!

    Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by her is phenomenal.

      • yes, please! i’m on inpatient peds right now so busy schedule but maybe later jan/early feb when i’m on outpatient?

        also, i’ve been going to some of these saturday morning “reset” sessions at gloria dei (http://www.gloria-dei.com/wp/contemplativepractices/) that are for journaling, prayer, meditation and have found them wonderful. i’m planning on the jan 13 one, and hopefully the full-day retreat on the 20th. let me know if you’d like to join!

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