Today we meet

May 28, 2010

Today the members of my writing group meet. I get so much from this group — inspiration, fellowship, encouragement, and an opportunity to grow.

What do I offer?

Am I the one to answer this question?

I am attempt to offer what I have received.

Today I will offer an opportunity for growth. For you see, I am planning a spoken word event for early August.

This shy dyslexic throughly enjoys reading her words to others. Especially when there is a possibility that I will receive praise in the form of clapping. I don’t know what it is about clapping but it feeds me. It feeds me even more than words.

There now I have been brutally honest with you. What do say in response? What feeds you…

My writing group

April 30, 2010

Today is the last Friday of the month. So today I attend my writing group.

When I first started attending this group I was an aspiring author full of self-doubt about my writing. That was on the outside. Inside I thought my writing was amazing. Each meeting I went sure that I would blow their socks off.

I was sure they would say, “Wow, Leanne that’s amazing. I wish I could write like that. Don’t…please, don’t change a word. ”

Did they do that?

Um, no.

They gently pointed out grammatical, spelling, tense errors. They carefully explained where I had lost my reader. And under their watchful eye my writing improved.

So today I’m published author who doesn’t need them any more. Infact, today I sit them all down and say, “You know one day you’ll be able to write as well as I can. All it takes is time and practice.”

Um, not.

Today I’m a published author who needs them more than ever. In fact, I continue to look forward to each and every writing group because I know that they will point out things in my writing — areas of improvement, possible directions, other additions — that I would never of considered on my own.

Additionally I have the opportunity to help others with their writing  journey.

Oh, writing group how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Write on!

Leanne

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