SOLC: Writing Group = Stories!

September 24, 2013

sols_6May came and we were wishing each other best wishes for the summer. June arrived, filled with new friendships at the AllWrite!!! Summer Institute. But one was missing. July charged us up with cottage chatter and laughter. But one was missing. August began anew and our schedules were jammed. Everyone was missing. October was too far away and so one September night was reserved, anticipated, honored. No one missed.

We arrived with hugs and laughter. The table was set and smiles radiating. We were together. We finally were sharing our stories.

Tam, Ruthie, MH, Tammy with our new notebooks. Thanks my friend!

Tam, Ruthie, MH, Tammy with our new notebooks. Thanks my friend!

Our writing group sometimes writes together, sometimes takes moments for notebook entries, and sometimes shares pieces written. The whole night is about sharing in the writing process – gathering, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and definitely celebrating!! This past Thursday night was mainly about sharing our stories. We listened and questioned, prompted and uplifted. This night was about pouring our thoughts and enjoying our friendship. Without these nights, our writing would be quiet, possibly unnoticed. It would be waiting for any celebration. Without this night, I wouldn’t have been nudged to write from the heart.Harley Moments

I have some new stories that are stirring from the depths of my heart. The writing is not grand, but it is real. This writing is true and has just begun to blossom. My desire to write has hightened and time in the morning is being carved out. This writing may not be published but it will be shared. The story is too meaningful to not share. 

From our BONS night, Ruth lovingly presented each of us with a notebook. Others dear received them too. This notebook came at just the right time to hold the stories growing from my heart. Thank you, my dear friend. Thank you to my BONS. Without your listening, my stories would remain silent.


SOL: Taco Dip + Painted Toenails = Writing Group

July 19, 2011

Tonight I had so much fun at our writing group. We try to meet once a month and we hadn’t been together since AllWrite!!! Summer Institute. We share ideas, comment on our blogs, and provide feedback on our writing through email throughout the weeks. But a meeting – now that is accountability! I want to bring something to the table and so our meeting date provides a deadline for me. The others in our group share the same drive.

Tonight was slightly different since we met at our of our members homes (thanks to the other Ruth). We brought food (the dip was delicious) and shared about our families over laughter at the table. Interjected throughout, we would ask about how writing was going. We reassured that we were growing as writers, no matter if we had written thousands of words or only had gathered ideas in our notebooks.  We collect ideas.  We play with words. We are writers.

Tonight we had a special touch to our meeting. As we moved into the living room, Ruth’s daughter readily volunteered to paint our toenails. With notebooks out and conversation being shared, each of us received a pedicure we will not forget. M rubbed our feet and legs, relaxing us. We oohed and awwwed and loved the moment of pampering. Yes, and in between lovely massage, we reviewed our writing. It was the best. I think we were even more productive due to the delightful environment.

Tonight I remember. Tonight I smile. Tonight I write.