After our June Writers Read at BREWD, I kind of floated home. People had signed up to hear about the next event, folks were smiling, and there was a really nice buzz of conversation. I got hugs from new friends (always welcome) and positive comments that reaffirmed we offered a program that connected people and entertained in a positive, enjoyable, and thought-provoking way.
Words inspire people. I was really pleased when colleague and mystery writer Kathy McIntosh said she was inspired by my memoir, Thinking of Miller Place, to “jot down a memory from my oh-so-sizzling youth.” Her “jotting” morphed into “The Hottest Little Wagon in Southern California which she shared at Writers Read. Afterwards, she also got feedback which reaffirmed her writing.
Kathy says, “I had such a wonderful time at last night’s Writers Read! Thanks for inviting me. Writing and reading that little snippet encouraged me that I might indeed have a few more memories tucked inside to share. And several folks at the reading mentioned that parts of it resonated with them. It was fun!”
Being in the company of writers IS motivating. This from Barbara Chapman: “Just want to thank you for inviting me to the writer’s event at BREWD last evening. I enjoyed being a part of an inclusive and supportive group of individuals who appreciate good writing. I left inspired and a perhaps a little more focused on my writing goals…
Winding my way down Sabino Canyon a fragile seed of an idea began germinating among the cluttered tumbleweeds in my brain and I stopped to write it down. I need to think it through a little more, but it’s a start. My initial intention – exploration of transition seems – like “navel gazing” and while it may be therapeutic, I don’t think it’s all that interesting. We all go through transitions because that’s what life is about; we move from one stage of life to another…But in quiet moments…I’ll feed and water the seed so it will bloom.”
Beautiful writing, eh?
These thoughts about connections and motivation dovetail perfectly with what I hope will happen when writers and wordsmiths gather to share.
What happens in your writing group? How have you been motivated to take action with your writing? I’m curious, interested, and am always looking for new readers for Writers Read. Next one is October 26.