Sometimes I have a harebrained idea…but, of course, I don’t know it at the time.
This is true with my writing. A story starts well, but fizzles. An idea (inciting event, trigger) grabs my attention, but the meaning of the story never quite rises to the surface. I have many half-written, discarded, as-yet-unfinished stories laying around.
On the other hand, I also have several stories that didn’t seem like much when they first started. Interesting, maybe, but certainly nothing all that special. And yet, as I wrote more, the story evolved and took on new layers until, suddenly, something substantial revealed itself.
Which is which?
It isn’t always clear, up front, which ideas are real winners, and which ones will fade away, never quite living up to the initial potential or my grandiose expectations.
What I’ve learned in my writing life is that my instincts are usually solid: I’m much better now at knowing, in advance, which story ideas or triggers “have legs.” But that isn’t always true. Sometimes, I still have to just work out the story, let it sit some, grow, contract, mature. Sometimes I have to catch up to the story by improving my craft or my understanding.
In other words, sometimes, I just have to take a chance and do the work.
Starting in mid-August, 2014, I will be trying one of those “not sure” things. It is something I feel really excited about, and so far, things are falling into place the way had hoped, but it is a new venture that could prove to be…harebrained.
I will be commissioning a new podcast called, More Stories with Eric Sheridan Wyatt. It will be, at least in the early stages, a natural extension of this blog (Stories I Read, Stories I Tell) and my teaching of creative writing.
The intention is for More Stories to be a sort of online, on demand, half-hour radio show about creative writing. Hosted by me. Hopefully, including input from you and other listeners.
Even if you aren’t a regular podcast listener, you will be able to listen to the episodes of More Stories through a media player here on my blog. Or, if you want to listen on the go (which is when I listen to podcasts) you can play the podcast on your portable device. (Don’t worry, I’ll be writing a post that describes more about how to do this soon…)
I’m excited about this new idea, and I hope you will find the podcast useful in your own writing life.
Some of you may be podcast veterans…Do you have a favorite podcast you listen to? Have you tried to be “into” podcasts and found them to not be your “cup of tea”? If you have some input, I’d love to hear it in the comments section below…