I've tried to do this blog thing before. My most recent attempt was at http://clleyva.wordpress.com. It was meant to be my presence on the web and it was all about my writing process. But something happened. A baby happened. And then not sleeping happened. And baby food allergies happened. And an erratic work schedule happened. But I couldn't write about any of that! Not on a blog about my "writing process." What does my status as "father" have to do with my writing process? Or my writing in general? You know, besides being in the way?
A friend of mine, Lauren Michelle Kinsey, has started a new business where she helps small businesses get their web and social media presences together and focused and gives them tips. Strategizes.
She had me focus on what I really wanted to accomplish on my blog, who I wanted to reach, and what I really had to say. So, in doing some thinking and planning and the difficult work of making something tangible, I realized that I wanted a place to showcase my work. The blog really wasn't cutting it. No one could download one of my plays. No one could really see photos from my plays. And I couldn't post quickly enough in between work and feeding times and bedtime stories and being woken up at night and all that. You know, life stuff. So, if life was getting in the way of my writing, why not write about that?
Being a playwright doesn't happen in a vacuum. Your life, or to be specific, my life has constantly gotten in the way of my writing, but has also become infused in my writing. My writing is inseparable from my life, so this blog and this website are going to be focused on me, Chris Leyva, the playwright, the husband, the father, the guy who works at a technology retail store, and the guy who loves cartoons.
I'm struggling. If you're a playwright, I'm sure you're struggling. Let's struggle together.
To aid in my struggle this month, I'm taking part in the 31 Plays, 31 Days project where you write one play each day for the month of August. Each play has to be a minimum of one page and have a beginning, middle, and end. Turns out I'm pretty good at really, really short plays. How can that affect my larger works? Hmmm.
More soon. I have to write Play 5. My friend gave me a list of words to help me get inspired each day. The word today is "Lave."