That doesn’t mean our group was carried off by some great force of nature, nor does it mean we’re going to write “Gone With the Wind.” Margaret Mitchell already took care of that–and she did it quite well! Last month we were treated to the PBS video-biography of her life. The title of her book was the prompt for this month’s writing exercise.
The offerings, penned, and read by some of our members at tonight’s meeting, were astounding. We have many talented writers, yet when it comes to sharing our work how often we hear, “I don’t want to have to follow that act!” We try to measure our worth against others.
Our fearless leader steps in and gives us “The Talk.” She confirms us, that each of us has a unique voice. Not everyone likes the same things, has the same experiences, or communicates in the same way. There is room for everyone.
With that in mind, I bring my humble offering to share with you (since I don’t have another post prepared).
There are so many distractions from which to choose, one for every purpose, and sometimes, two. Or more.
I like to do my creative writing on the computer, typing just above the yellow flashing light for Windows Calendar in the task bar. Eventually, the flashing bar piques my curiosity and I check to see what else it is that I’m NOT doing. The laundry needs attention; dinner requires a quick stir; hungry birds, fed; and maybe I should take a couple pictures for the blog while I’m outside.
Now, where was I…Oh, yes, working on the writers group assignment. The jingle announces new email—and I ignore it. For a minute. Ok, maybe it was only thirty seconds.
And you know what else? I haven’t checked Facebook ALL DAY! I wonder what my friends and family are up to. I—MUST—RESIST—temptation, before those writing ideas escape through the hole in my head and are gone with the wind. Oops! Too late.
What do you write? And, why do you write?