When we think of the word improv, we typically think of actors and actresses in an acting class. All they may be given is a word or a phrase. From there the true magic behind acting comes forth. They get to play out whatever comes into their heads. Sometimes its funny. Sometimes sad. Sometimes it just makes you think. The bottom line is they have fun doing what they love to do most and that is to act.
This should be the same for us as writers. To be able to tap into our own creative muses and write whatever comes to mind can be so freeing. I love to be able to do this.
The challenge I’ve given myself over the next year to take a phrase a day from the book I’m using is so freeing. Before I start, I don’t know what the topic will be. I quickly read what the woman wrote. From there whatever first comes to mind I start to type out on my Kindle Fire keyboard.
Sometimes the posts are short and then some are long. I don’t put a word limit on what I plan to say or that I have to type so many words. The authenticity of what I’m doing would go out the proverbial window. I don’t even go back and edit what I’ve written. What you see is what I wrote directly from my brain to the screen. There is one flaw to this. There have been a lot more typos than I realized. But that’s okay. I’ll go through and fix those. But know that what you see on the screen is something that is fresh and for me, it is my own form of improv. If this feels anything like what the actors do then I know they feel fantastic afterwords.