I remember reading a story once about a teacher who held a ‘Funeral of the I can’ts‘ with her middle school class. The students wrote down their I can’ts on pieces of paper: I can’t get a perfect score on a math test, I can’t climb to the top of the rope in gym, etc. Then they put all the I can’ts into a box and buried them in a ceremonial funeral.
Such a cool idea, although–honestly? If I’d been in the class, I’m sure I would have picked a completely fake ‘I can’t’, quietly accomplished it, and been like, Woo, go me. Because, publicly sharing your deepest darkest insecurities and dreams with your classmates? In middle school? Really?
But here I am now, ready to hold a very public ‘I can’t’ funeral here at WU–and encourage you to do the same!
This all started when I finished the third book in my Twilight of Avalon trilogy. I had turned in the book to my publishers about a year ahead of publishing schedule, so had extra time to play with. And I had a few secondary characters from the books who kept popping up noisily in my head, just refusing to let me go.
I decided to write these characters their own short stories and the give the stories away as freebies around the time of my book releases (more details on that coming soon!). And since I’d just spent 3 years and 3 books in the same world, with the same characters, essentially writing the same voice, the short stories seemed like a great opportunity to tackle some of my personal writing I can’ts, try something new, and push myself out of my writing comfort zone.
So here are a few of the issues I worked on: [Read more…]