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:
Thank you for participating in this week's Wednesday Writes!
Here's what happened on WED NOV 4TH: 1. Loved it?! Be sure to mark your calendar for WED NOV 18TH to join us again! 2. Your inspirational reading was from "Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk" by Danielle Krysa ["Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art." - Andy Warhol You must be willing to get in there every day and just try things, while being totally open to imperfection. Not every idea will become a masterpiece, and that's fine. Your studio is a safe place to play. No one needs to know about projects that don't go anywhere, and remember, all projects go somewhere. They all lead to the next piece, either by teaching us something good, or something not so good. The top corner of your collage may be brilliant, even if the rest of it sucks; so, tomorrow, start there. Your short story may be rough around the edges, but that third sentence is a real beauty and could be the beginning of your award-winning novel. Create new starting points for yourself every day. Experiment. Make mistakes. Play some more. This is the path to genius! In fact, let's get started with a few experiments right now. ] 3. Our writing prompts were a choice between:
a. Write a letter of thanks to someone. Reminder: that person can be yourself!
b. Write about the first time you voted. (This can be any age/election. For example, I’m writing about the time I voted for class president in high school!)
4. Here's your fun follow-up "homework": Go to the mirror right now. Look your beautiful self in the eye. Say out loud, "I am a fearless genius!"
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 Fiction University, a blog by Janice Hardy. This website is JAM-PACKED with information, specifically about writing novels, but can be parlayed to whatever you're working on. Looking for some inspiration? Start here with this post about making time to write!
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, consider donating to The Black Resilience Fund. The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders. Thank you for your time - here's to happy reading and writing! Hope to see you next session! (That would be WED NOV 18TH.) xo, Jenna