Back around New Year’s, I made one writerly resolution. From that blog post:
“One of my goals for the year is to write something joyful instead of melancholy, extroverted instead of introverted, playful instead of serious. I suspect I will have to change some of the ways I perceive things to do so. But that could be a good thing. Fingers crossed and intentions set. Full steam ahead.”
And finally, in May and June of this spring and summer, I think I’ve done it, in a short story. It’s a more irregular way of writing for me, but it was definitely fun. My only worry about writing a playful, joyful, less serious story is that there is less heft to such a story. But then I wonder why play and joy may equate with less importance. I think it may be more difficult to write this sort of story and also make it feel like the sort of story that lingers with a reader afterward for a long time, because the emotions aren’t the sort that pin a person down to something heavy. Or this may not be a general issue at all, but simply one of my own issues.
That said, it was fun, and now it’s time to look it over one last time before sending it out into the world.
One resolution down. Now, back to trying to finish this third novel by end of 2009 at latest. Puh-lease, Writing Gods, shine your benevolent light upon me (for an extended period of time). Thanks!
Congratulations, Chris! That’s a worthy goal. Fwiw, I think it’s a social construct that “playful, joyful” = “less heft.” People may be ready for playful, joyful stories with heft; cf. “Glee”.
Hope you’re right, Charlie! And “Glee” was totally gleeful for me. 🙂 Can’t wait till the real season starts!
We often have the perception that “serious” stories are what move people in the most meaningful ways. But an uplifting story can be every bit as moving. Lifting-up is a form of motion, and a dearly valuable one, too.