Yes, this is a Conference Challenge. And yes, today is Friday, not Thursday in some alternate universe. So before you pick up the phone and call NASA to tell them that meteor knocked us into a solar system that does not allow for the Gregorian Calendar (Did you know that is the name of the one we use? I didn’t. Thank you Google!), please accept my sincere apologies for being late.
Last night I watched one of my favorite movies, Under the Tuscan Sun.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s what Netflix has to say: “After divorcing her cheating husband, Frances Mayes tries to overcome her depression and writer’s block by taking a vacation to Tuscany. Charmed by the location, she impulsively decides to buy a villa there.” Now that’s a lovely way to battle writer’s block! Well, except for the cheating husband and divorce part. Who wouldn’t want to escape to Italy and immerse herself or himself in their art?
There are a lot of great quotes in it, but the one I like the most is definitely “Terrible idea… Don’t you just love those?” I suppose it can mean different things to different people. To me it’s all about taking a leap of faith, delving into the unknown and taking that risk that could either result in an amazing treasure or force me to “drive myself off of a cliff,” as Frances said right before she took the plunge and put all her savings into purchasing Bramasole.
About sums up being a writer or illustrator, don’t you think?
That said, we still need our safe place, our haven to dig deep, create and, in all likelihood, bleed a little. Everyone has their dream writing space. Some have fulfilled that dream; others are still working towards it.
Writing Exercise #7/Conference Challenge #3
Describe your dream writing space, the ideal place for you to create. And don’t just tell about the furniture and the color of the walls. Make the reader want to go there. Make it their dream, if only for a moment – just like Under the Tuscan Sun makes us want to drop everything, fly to Italy and write. It’s more than vivid description. It’s a feeling.
Illustrating Exercise #7/Conference Challenge #3
In whatever medium you choose, illustrate your dream workspace. Make it so whomever sets eyes on it wants to crawl right into your picture and escape there…or at least say “I have to have this room for my own!”
Happy writing and illustrating!!
Don’t forget to do the other challenges. A writer’s goodie basket is at stake!