I'm almost finished with The Artist's Way, a book by Julia Cameron about reclaiming creativity. My friend Sarah Orman introduced me to it a few months ago and asked if I wanted to do it with her. If it hadn't been for her invitation, I may not have spent as much time as I did this year examining the creative malaise that seems to have taken over my adulthood. I owe Sarah a huge debt of gratitude for her gentle push.
The Artist's Way is a 12-week 'program' that involves a lot of self-reflection, daily journaling, artists' dates and weekly meetups to discuss our thoughts and feelings about the process. While the book is a little on the hokey side (not a bad thing!) and I haven't found all the exercises useful, it has been a net positive for me creatively. It's the reason I resurrected this website (after having killed it and all my other web properties this year), and why I'm committing to a Year of Microfiction.
I'm defining microfiction as any fictional piece of writing that is less than 500 words. My goal is to do this with consistency, so my commitment is for one piece per week. It doesn't need to be a 'complete' story - that is, each piece doesn't need to have a beginning, middle and end. It's just a weekly exercise that allows me to dabble in all kinds of fictional realms and genres, keeping me stimulated and excited about writing.
Won't you join me this year on my journey? I'd love to read your microfiction (how ever you choose to define it), and I'd love to read your thoughts on any of my pieces. Who knows? At some point I may decide to flesh some of them out and make them into more substantial works.
I can't promise perfection, or anything close to it. Just my effort in reconnecting with a long-dormant passion for creative writing. Enjoy!