Last summer, my son participated in a creative writing course. One of his assignments was to incorporate three random things into a story. My son wanted us to do the activity again this weekend.
He went to work creating a batch of genres. I cut them out and put them in a hat. He then wrote down random characters and put those in a separate hat. The last batch we needed was location. After he was done, we each took turns picking from the different hats.
Now, this is about the time when you get a little nervous because you just allowed a 9-year-old boy with a beautiful imagination to pick all the random topics. Here were the results:
My picks: Fantasy, a big shark, skydiving in New York
My husband’s picks: Horror, an alien, driving a car in a jungle
My son’s picks: Action, a girl toddler, on a spaceship
We each went to work.
Instead of a short story, my husband opted to write a song and play it on his guitar. After he shared his creation with us, I (of course) requested an encore. I really, really wanted to capture the moment on film. My husband (being the humble man that he is) declined. But let me tell you, the tune would have you shaking in your alien boots. 😉
My son’s story was about a little girl who crawled aboard a spaceship. The main trial she seemed to face was this tendency to faint at the sight of green aliens.
My story? Well, let’s just say there is a reason The Scenic Route is not filled with fantasy and fiction writing. It certainly took me way out of my comfort zone. But I did get the opportunity to write about a shark and frog skydiving duo who liked singing Elvis songs.
You ain’t nothing but a hound dog cryin’ all the time….
It was awful!
And that’s the amazing thing about creating. Sometimes it does turn out awful and ugly but there is something beautiful about the act of trying and the act of doing.
Next time you and your family are stuck inside on a cold or rainy day…create something.
Create something silly and awful. It’s fun.
Question: Have you ever created something awful and ugly but had fun doing it?