Shouting To The Silence

Quick post for ketchup (catch up).  Last week we had four folks out, good meeting.  The weather is beautiful and there are plenty of experiences happening to inspire your writing and journaling.  — Next meeting is on July 21, 2:30PM.  Bring out something for us all to read and enjoy.  See you there.  ~Tom~

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Back From My Travels

Hello fellow ink spillers.  I am back from my world travels, ready to get back to the writing desk.  My travels forced me to miss the most recent meeting, looking forward to finding out how it went, and what I missed.

Our next meeting is Saturday June 7.  Looking forward to seeing you there.  ~Tom~

Spirited Group This Week

What a great group we had this Saturday.  Thanks to all the folks who shared their writing, and all of the useful, critical comments.  Looking for the chinks in your own armor as a writer is a brave thing to do.

Our next meeting is Saturday, June 23.  I will not be there, but Louis mentioned that he could open the room up for the group.  I usually ask at the upstairs computer facilitator station for the key to room 219.  Unlock the room and return the key.  Remember to leave the door ajar during the meeting so others can get in.  At the end of the meeting, check the room for items left behind, then pull the door closed to lock it up.

Keep on writing!  ~Tom~

Personal Writing

A number of our writing group members dabble in (or devote a good bit of time) to writing personal essays.  This is a great way to get your own writing jump-started, whether you hope to publish that work or not.  After all, the blank journal page simply asks you about your day.

One of the reasons many coaches recommend keeping a journal is, it gets you writing.

When I was a songwriter, I used to struggle incessantly with a single song.  Then I would become discouraged, thinking “maybe I’m not a songwriter after all”.  But once I had over one hundred songs written (over many years), I finally became comfortable with an important concept.  During my self doubts I could still claim to be a songwriter.  I just wasn’t a good songwriter.  Yet.

Writing is writing is writing.

When you keep a journal (or a diary); you’re writing.  When you write a letter to a friend; you’re writing.  When you write a silly poem, an outline for a children’s book, or a short bit of fiction; you’re writing.

I learned that I am a writer because I write.  All my discouragement went out the window.  After all, no one is going to read what I write unless I release it into the wild myself.  Get comfortable with the idea that the majority of what you write will never be read.  It’s called the practice of writing.

The local Erie Library System has some very good books on writing.  One that I’m working through now is Writing From Personal Experience by Nancy Davidoff Kelton.  I’ve only skimmed it so far, but it seems to be an excellent resource for guidance and motivation to get the reader set down, ready to write.

Carve out time to read.  Carve out time to write.  Bring copies of your 1st drafts and rough ideas to the writing group.  You’ll get valuable feedback from your peers.  It’s free and at the same time, priceless.

March 3 Debrief

We had a good meeting on Saturday.  Louis introduced us to the beginning of his next story involving a gifted student.  Gary brough in a one act play with two evolving characters.

I will be at the Blasco library this Thursday March 8 from 4:30-6PM in room 102 (downstairs). Bring some writing to share, or we can discuss setting up and using a blog.  Write a little every day!  See you soon.  ~Tom~