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
Last week we spent quite a long time talking about how to use diversity “correctly” in our writing. All to often when we try to be inclusive we end up being judged as pandering, detrimental to the cause or just plain wrong and even offensive to the group we are trying to convey. We went over using race, economic background, disability, sex, religion, cultural differences and more but one thing we did touch on was age. Writing about an age that you aren’t anymore of haven’t been yet can be very difficult. As someone creeping slowly toward “middle age” it … Continue reading Diversity in Writing
Hello Creative Writer, April is National Poetry Month so lets get the poetry flowing. If you’re like me then poetry might not be your strong suit. You might even feel as though this is a genre that is completely and utterly for other people, magical people who can make their poems feel touching rather than cheesy and eloquent instead of childish. When I was a very young writer I started out writing poetry and I was unafraid. I was fearless because I wasn’t judging myself against anyone else. I hadn’t read an epic poem; I’d never even dived into the … Continue reading The Poetry is Coming
Hello Creative Writer, During the Spring break there have been no meetings but that hasn’t kept us from having writing on our minds. We have been working diligently on our Prompts but Nick also posed a question to the group… Nick: “Hey, If a writer is beginning their writing career, where do they inquire about finding an editor for their manuscript,or who edits manuscripts for new writers? Thanks.” Heather: “That is an interesting question.” Vinzeal: “Locally, I use Ron Fisher to edit my stuff. Depending on the material, he would charge less than half the national average. I know for novels … Continue reading A Conversation About Publishing
I was just reading an article about how the invention of the Ball Point Pen changed the world of writing and how a remarkable amount of people are now deciding to go back to Fountain Pens. For me.. I love the act of writing in whatever form it may take but the invention the the Ball point pen wasn’t a bad one. It gave us the ability to keep our pages cleaner, not to have to worry about spills or smudges and you don’t need to refill them because they are mostly disposable and last a surprisingly long time. For … Continue reading The New Age of Writing