Friday, July 9, 2010

Writing, A Fun Place to Hang Your Hat

                                          Lobby of Brown Hotel, NM

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Last night was the monthly Writer’s Guild Meeting. The president could not make it to the meeting and after some confusion in the late afternoon, the meeting was still on for 6:00 p.m. DH had not felt well all day and the rain had come down for several hours drenching both ground and spirits. I had lingered most of the day in a robe with book and tea cup in hand. It was a hard push to get up and attend the meeting, and many others must have felt the same challenge as several members did not make it. Coming home the radio announced tornado warnings for quick-touch-down tornadoes (new term for me) in an 80 mile radius. Weather framed the day’s activities all around.

There was no great news at the meeting; no great sales other than Larry Wood had sold 50 copies of his Battle of Newtonia Civil War book at a book signing. We were all glad for his success. With no guest speaker, the exercise for the night was writing practice using scenery. Everyone got a different photo to write on for ten minutes, and we then had to share. We joked that this sounded like a school assignment, but being writers, everyone one dug into their word banks and got right to work. Everyone produced unique and interesting paragraphs quickly, and some were so creative as to cause shared laughter. Another exercise was to rewrite Peter Pan visiting London and put one writer at a loss since he had never read Peter Pan. His attempt placed Pan at Heathrow airport and everyone chuckled including the writer himself.

While at first we might have thought it redundant for experienced writers to do this exercise, the end result was enjoyable, a table surrounded by folks having fun. And isn’t that what all writing should be—fun?



irishoma said...

Hi Claudia,
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade, sounds like your group did just that. I didn't realize Larry is in your group. He's a great guy!
Quick-touch-down tornadoes is a phrase new to me, too.
We got hammered with high winds and storms last night, but there's sunshine today.

BECKY said...

Hi Claudia! Glad to "made" yourself go to the meeting! I always come away from any writer get-together feeling refreshed and ready to write. The comraderie is always amazing!