I wrote this today at the National Writing Project’s Virtual Writing Marathon. It was the first time that I’ve done one of these marathons and I have to tell you, it was such an uplifting and joyful experience. I’m a solitary creature and I don’t like to let people read my work until I’ve analyzed every sentence multiple times, word-smithing things as I go along through myriad readings. But today, I didn’t do that. I had seven minutes and a prompt. Above is my first time writing under the gun, with a live audience.
I also wrote the beginning of a short story that I’ve been meaning to get around to. And I watched complete strangers read my work before I’d had a chance to refine it. So thank you Corina, Ann, Edmund, and Jen and the organizers of this project because when I saw the smile on the faces of my group members as they read my three paragraphs, I felt like I had finally seen the very human connection that writers want with their readers.
I also found my group members inspiring because not all writing is the same. Some writers have a musicality to their word structure, or an emotional edge, or the ability to find the extraordinary in everyday experiences. I spent ninety minutes writing with strangers today, and I am so much better because of it.
I’ve been back at my writing desk for a few weeks now, working on some new projects and finishing up some old ones. The new blog is all about where I’ve been for four years – caring for my husband and my mother – and I said I’d share it as soon as I went live. Not all of the posts are up yet, but more will be coming in the next few weeks. They’re written and formatted, but I want to double check them one more time (part of being a control-freak writer, I guess). In the meantime, you can check it out here.
Here’s what else I’m working on:
The 4th book in the Arienne Cerasola Series
A brand new series that has a lot to do with feathers (more on that later…)
A new romance series I started last year as my NaNoWriMo project.
I’ll be publishing snippets and teasers over the next few months so stay tuned and thanks for all of your support over the years.