I’m a chicken. But I’m a chicken who loves a theme, so every October I steel my nerves and look for scary reads. Most years I gravitate toward the classics, safely familiar stories like Dracula, Carmilla, or Frankenstein, because I like the trappings of horror without the actual being afraid part. And last October when we challenged each other to write horror stories, I kept mine pretty tame, because I wasn’t quite in the mood to scare myself. This year feels different. So for the next two weeks I’ll be reading more horror and more about horror, trying to figure out what … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Be Creeped Out
Hello Creative Writer, The topic I’d like to discuss briefly this week is working to a deadline. We are all writers here so we can be honest, like artists, we can be temperamental. Writing might slow or stale if inspiration doesn’t come or when other life concerns are more pressing. But what do you do when you have a deadline? Whether it’s a paper you must right for your Psychology class or a report at work that needs to be turned in by a certain time, some writing can’t wait for the muses to smile. I abhor deadlines but if … Continue reading Writing to Deadlines
Been a quiet fall so far. I’ve been itching for chats with our writing group but there aren’t many of us at the moment. In lieu of meetings I’ve been sampling writing podcasts and reading every article on writing that crosses my path. It’s not the same, but I’m learning a lot. The internet is the best thing to ever happen to writers. When we formed this group last October, Twitter had for years been my substitute for a writing group. I’d followed a few writers so I’d know when they published new books or stories, and suddenly my feed … Continue reading The Writing Community
Hello Party People!!! I mean Creative Writer, We are back in business for Fall 2019 and getting the ball rolling with a meeting tonight Sept. 16 2019 at 5pm to discuss the 2019 Goals for this writing group. If you can attend please do. We will be in the PHCC library at the Richland campus. If not, feel free to leave your thoughts, suggestions and what not below in the comments. I’m going to try to get this year going with a write off! Yes, you heard me. I want the unedited raw brain goop- start a new post, tell … Continue reading The New Semester is here and meetings have resumed!
This is sort of our favorite topic these days. Recently someone asked me, “How’s the writing going? Have you published yet?” We won’t discuss my awkward handling of that conversation. Instead I’ll give you the answer I wish I’d given: “It’s going well, and no, but that’s not why I’m doing this.” People assume things. “Don’t forget us when you’re a bestselling author!” said a relative I’d never met before, when I said I wanted to write books someday. “It’s not very practical. You need a good backup plan,” warned a former high school teacher when she heard I was … Continue reading What’s the Point?
Hello Creative writer, The thought of sitting at my computer and writing- crafting stories, it one of the things I love to do most in my life. The dream is that this could be your job, right? Well, there are two ways this can actually go. When I moved back to my hometown in 2010 I was given an amazing opportunity. I opened a Art studio at a gallery in the art district and I was able to start working for myself. In the beginning it was just what I’d dreamed and I was able to sit in my studio … Continue reading Do what you love and get paid for it.
Hello Creative Writer, It seems like it’s been ages since we spoke. We took a bit of a break to let all of our members rest, relax and vaca as summer demands but I just thought i’d check in. We are so excited to get this new semester started. We will be resuming meetings at the PHCC library location and hopefully planning more fun and inspiring writing events. This summer has actually been a great time for reflecting and working independently on our writing skills. As we move back into the “nose to the grind stone” energy of Fall it’s … Continue reading FALL IS COMING
There is nothing like being a writer and opening a book that someone else wrote. When I was younger I was thoroughly intimidated to write after reading the likes of Dickens, Wordsworth and Shakespeare. Who wouldn’t be? You think, how can I call myself a writer when I know darn well I can’t write like that? You might be discouraged before you even even put pen to paper. As i’ve gotten older though I look instead at these powerhouses and more as my goals and teachers, my mentors and friends. I read to learn- what do they get right and … Continue reading Reading: The Best Friend of Writing
I don’t know if it’s shame, denial, or something else that makes us cling to the concept of writer’s block when life provides so many real roadblocks to writing. We can’t set aside work, family, and other responsibilities; we can’t control how illness, disaster, and trauma swallow up our energy and skills. Why enable more barriers we can’t control? Maybe artistic pursuits are so romanticized that we don’t like to admit how much hard work, patience, and failure goes into them, especially when we don’t always know what our efforts will yield. How do we excuse the days spent staring … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Writer’s Block
Now that you’re through the crush of finals and have (hopefully) had a chance to relax, it’s a good time to think about your summer writing goals. It can be hard to imagine finding time to write while working, taking summer classes, or planning vacations, but during the last two semesters we found that we were better able to make the most of our scant writing time when we had other writers to encourage us. The writing group was a source of inspiration, encouragement, accountability, even commiseration when needed. Whatever the topic, our discussions always left us inspired and eager … Continue reading Looking Forward