January is happening, and most people have already planned out their year. But, I’ve blogged about being a rebel to the calendar and New Year’s Resolutions and Holidays in general…
At any rate, I do want my 2019 to be different from any other year.
I want to try some new things. This isn’t a new desire for me. I’ve been whining and barking about it to my poor hubs for a while, but “doing life” keeps getting in the way of “trying the new,” and we don’t make it a priority. And I’m not getting any younger, so the bucket list is starting to knock loudly on the back door. Better let it soon…
I don’t have it all figured out yet, but that leaves room for new opportunities later in the year.
I want to:
DO something new. An activity never-before-tried. Nothing to do with bridges or crowds, please. Start a new tradition of some sort? New board game with a few good friends?
LEARN something new. A hobby? (I have to be careful with the hobby thing. I tend to go big or go home, so I’ll likely end up with two closets full of “only the necessary supplies” and then ditch the hobby two months later.) A new writing technique from a different teacher? A skill, like plumbing? So the next time my hot water line blows under the sink spraying scalding water all over my legs, I’ll be prepared. (Some things are probably best left to experts, but hey. YouTube reigns!) A new recipe? (Hahaha. I’ve blown up the water line and a microwave in the last couple of months cooking old recipes. May end up with a whole new house and some angry friends in the fire department if I try a new thing…)
GO somewhere new. Exotic? (Not really my speed, but it would be new.) Local places I’ve missed? (There’s a wolf rescue/preserve not an hour from my house. That’s on the bucket list, actually.) Writing retreat? (Also high on the bucket list).
Some of these may blend together, but that’s okay. Once a quarter, I’d like to check off that I’m not letting my brain rot in sameness. That gives me until the end of March to figure out a new thing and DO IT ALREADY.
Put a few new folds into the old gray matter. Give the Muse more ammunition for creativity.
It allows me to branch out so my characters can branch out. We write and discuss and think best about the things we KNOW. And you can’t really KNOW something unless you’ve at least dabbled in it. And the cool thing about dabbling is it lets you FEEL. FEEL is as important as KNOW on the page.
If you don’t KNOW something, you’re WONDERING. Wondering is fun, but it doesn’t set a clear stage on a fiction page because someone out there, some wise or experienced reader, does KNOW. And then they’ll point it out or leave your story for someone else’s who actually KNOWS what they’re talking about because their scenes not only have the facts right, but they got the FEEL part right, too.
That’s why my first novel is set in a rural-ville farm. There’s a field within spitting distance of my house, and there were fields within spitting distance of my childhood homes. I’ve experienced and felt corn in all of its stages. I know and remember what it FEELS like to wander into the field far enough that the stalks tower above and you can’t see landmarks. And I’ve been sliced by the green leaves enough to know those leaf blades are sharp and the cuts bleed and bleed.
I could look this stuff up, but Wikipedia only takes one so far. Wiki can provide the FACTS, but not the FEEL.
That’s where DO, LEARN and GO come in. Real-life experiences.
To KNOW. To FEEL.
Thank you for hanging out for a bit. Check back on Mondays for a new blog and the first Friday of every month for a free fictional short, and be sure to visit my Amazon page.