This is the first installment of a new thing I’m trying out–rambly, chatty reports on my writing life. I’m hoping sharing what I’m doing will get me doing writing things more regularly.
So this is a little bit of two pieces of my writing life. Notebooks and writing practice.
Last year I decorated the cover of the composition book I was doing hand written exercises in, and I liked it so much I decided I need to do that for all of them. I decided to call them “Words” Â and number the volumes. It seems appropriate. I just started volume two a couple of weeks ago on my birthday.
I started Volume 2 at a writing group I participate in sporadically, PDX WritersÂ (I started the last one at their Fall retreat last October–it’s becoming a tradition). Â I really love PDX Writers. Even if I only get to a Saturday workshop once a month, it’s a real touchstone in my writing life. Â It’s a place where I feel welcome, where people remember my name even when I’ve been away for a while. And most importantly it’s a place to share my words and hear everyone else’s words with no judgement, no pressure, nothing but words of encouragement. Â It’s fantastic.
The Saturday workshops areÂ drop-ins–relaxed and rich with prompts and great readings. Today’s was extraÂ special, though. Â PDX Writers bases their workshops and retreats on the Amherst Writers and ArtistsÂ method, and today’s workshop was part of a fundraising event called WriteÂ Around the World. Â Amherst writing groups all around the world used the same prompts to do their writing today so we got to be part of a worldwide event.
One of the best things about going to a Saturday drop-in is that I always come away feeling excited about my writing. Â Tonight I’m writing about here to keep the enthusiasm going. Â Tomorrow, I am going to work on some NaNoWriMo planning, and that needs plenty of enthusiasm. Â And M&Ms. But mostly enthusiasm.