Monday, November 17, 2014
Yes, New Writer, there really is joy in writing
I love to meet other writers. So much that tomorrow I've set up my first writer's group here in the new community where I live. At two o'clock, I'll take a notebook, a book to read and set myself down in a group room and wait.
Five ladies have contacted me. Several told me they would come and see if what I had to tell them interested them.
How does one convince someone to write?
I don't believe you do.
But I do believe you can encourage them by sharing basic beliefs about the writer's life.
Here's what I plan to do:
1. Ask if they read and what reading does for them. Does reading change their thoughts, encourage, give hope, entertain, lift moods?
2. Do they believe they are never too old to learn a new skill? Laura Ingalls Wilder first published in her sixties.
3. Are they willing to take risks and share what they know so others might enjoy? Everyone has stories from life experiences they like to tell.
4. Is their skin thick enough to take feedback in order to improve their skills? How much of themselves are they willing to put out there? Can they take rejection?
5. Finally, I will ask them to dig deep about why they thought about writing in the first place. What is it about writing that excites them, motivates them to seek more information, and to publicly say why they want to write. Everyone will have a different reason--but it's that reason that will make the difference if they write or not.
I may sit for a half hour tomorrow without anyone showing up. That's OK.
I know why I write . I also know the joy. Hopefully I can share that with others.
What made you first write?