My school holds WACKO (Wild and Crazy Kid Olympics) every February. It’s a great time to make a fool of yourself in front of your students. There are relay races between the classes and faculty- some involving digging in pies with your face to find gummy worms, running three-legged races, or having eggs dropped into a cup on top of your head. (I always skip that one.)
And there’s always a faculty skit.
This year I got a crazy idea to have the teachers do a music and dance number instead of a normal skit, a little a’la Glee. (Because I LOVE Glee!)
Our theme for this year’s assembly? Monsters. The perfect song?
Wait for it…
The only problem was convincing the staff that they really wanted to spend the next three weeks rehearsing to make total fools of ourselves in front of 1,000 students.
Oh yeah, and then there’s the costumes. Zombies! Braaaaains…
At first it didn’t look like we’d have enough people on board. Dance Michael Jackson with only me and a couple of zombies?
I think I’ll pass.
But then people started to get excited. And a lot of people came to practice. People put themselves in charge of costumes, choreography, and recruiting.
Whoa! People liked my crazy idea.
My point? Sometimes we writers worry that no one will like our crazy ideas: a strange character, off-kilter plot, or weird genre-crossing. Who cares? Write what makes you happy and you never know what will happen!