My Muse Monday is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them. Mostly, I’ll post a monthly summary of my local writing group’s meetings.
In my last post, I mentioned that our group had failed to find time to meet over the summer months and that we had nothing to share when we finally did meet. Instead we talked a lot about how to kick-start ourselves, with our biggest idea being to commit ourselves to writing every day for even a few minutes.
The latter didn’t happen, but still everyone one of us managed to write something before our November meeting. One lady used the skills she’s learned in a picture-book writing class to edit her story to under 1000 words. Picture books these days have to be fewer and fewer words to get accepted. Another lady found herself inspired after a run and rewrote the first chapter of her novel. We talked about how she might stay motivated to continue this practice, because her revision read really well. A third lady has started a new rhyming story. Her sentences are crisp and the story immediately gets to the conflict. As for me, I used the weeks between our meetings to turn a backlog of interviews into a series of profiles about the bonds between pets and owners. You’ll see a view of those highlighted in future months here at Allison’s Book Bag.
What did the rest of our meeting look like? We started by sharing news. I also handed out copies of Writing Mama that I had picked up at a book sale. Between giving critiques, we browsed samples of local publications, where most of my writing energies are currently being directed. From literary magazines to children’s markets to local newspapers, I’ve been trying hard to find my niche. Finally, ended by talking about plans for our next meeting. One lady shared how a well-established writer enjoyed meeting with other authors to brainstorm and to write all in the same day. This sounded intriguing enough we agreed to try it at a future meeting!