Wednesday Writes - Week of Nov. 18, 2020

If you're reading this and you want to join, just drop me an email and I'll send you the Zoom deets. You can be at any level - the only requirement is showing up to write! In the meantime, here's what happened during our most recent meeting:


Here's what happened on WED NOV 18TH:

1. Loved it?! Be sure to mark your calendars for WED DEC 2ND to join us again! 2. Your inspirational reading was from Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (from "A Trick," pg. 117) "Here’s a trick: stop complaining. Every time you express a complaint about how difficult and tiresome it is to be creative, inspiration takes another step away from you, offended. I have felt the way my self-pity slams the door on inspiration, making the room feel suddenly cold, small, and empty. So I started telling myself that I enjoy my work. I even dared to say this aloud. I told the Universe (and anyone who would listen) that I was committed to living a creative life, simply because I like it. So try saying this: “I enjoy my creativity.” And when you say it, be sure to actually mean it. Best of all, by saying that you delight in your work, you will draw inspiration near. Inspiration will be grateful to hear those words come out of your mouth. It will overhear your pleasure and will send ideas to your door as a reward for your enthusiasm and loyalty. More ideas than you could ever use, enough ideas for 10 lifetimes!" 3. Our writing prompts were a choice between: a. Have you ever “faked it till you made it?” Write about that time you acted “as if” and what happened. b. You woke up this morning with a super power of your choosing! What is it, and what did you do with it?

4. Here's your fun follow-up "homework": Continue being bold. Truth or Dare yourself, and follow up! Whatever you do, keep your creativity moving.

5. A fun resource for you: As promised, I'll share the FREE resources I've been enjoying on this crazy writing journey, in hopes that these can help you too! This week I want to highlight something that's delighted me - the Events at Powell's. Yep, you can support fellow authors AND attend readings virtually by signing up via the Powell's Books website. Almost all of the events are free (a few are ticketed and come with a book) and the time commitment is only an hour. I've been thrilled with the variety of writers I've been able to see. I've had a ton of fun andcome away some nugget of inspiration for my own practice. There's truly something for everyone - I hope you enjoy! 6. Please consider: It's an overwhelming world we live in. Here's a way to feed your soul, while helping feed others. This week it's a Thanksgiving shout-out to Meals on Wheels and the Oregon Food Bank. Both are outstanding organizations who need our help, so please donate (food/money/time) if you are able. And here's hoping you and yours have a happy holiday! Please wear a mask and stay safe! Thank you for your time - here's to happy reading and writing! Hope to see you next session! (That would be WED DEC 2ND.) xo, Jenna

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