To quote from my “Monkey with a Mission” (a.k.a. “About”) page:
Me = amateur writer who won’t be quitting my day job just yet.
I’ve loved creative writing since I was a wee one, though my adult writing life has followed a progression from financial analysis reports as a consultant to educational research/literary analysis essays as a grad student to lesson plans/homework assignments as a high school English teacher to company blogs and other social media communication as an individual stuck in temporary professional limbo. I have written short stories as well, including one Sixteen Candles fan fiction that can be found at FanFiction.net.
My primary creative outlet these days is finally tinkering around with a novel-length fiction, but I’m admittedly hitting some semblance of a block. A writer cannot sit and wait around for inspiration–we become better writers by writing often. Writing is inspired, but it is also a discipline.
Years ago, I purchased Bonni Goldberg’s book entitled Room to Write. A poet, writer, and creative writing teacher, Goldberg posits her book as “Daily Invitations to a Writer’s Life.” Along with this, I had purchased a journal in which I was all-out motivated to transcribe my responses to Goldberg’s prompts. I think I tried it once. Then life got busy. Then the excuses ran rampant. Then what free time I did scrape together for myself got pissed away by more excuses, flung left and right like so much excrement in a zoo cage.
The monkey says enough. Why it fell from the tree in the first place is irrelevant; it’s picking itself up and grabbing hold of the vine again.
I am hereby instituting this blog as my new regimen, my detox, my stamina-fortifying daily banana…well, maybe at least 3 or 4 times a week. Fair enough? At any rate, my posts will be in response to a new prompt from Room to Write each day–these are not meant to be polished and final pieces, only a freely written brainstorm to oil up this monkey wrench.
I invite you to join me in the exercises–please comment on each post with your own writing!