At the first meeting, several years ago, I was wary of the whole process. Okay, I was totally resistant. Write in company? Never. When I had writing time, I closed my writing-room door. Nobody saw my drafts. This was the way nature intended writers to work, I believed: alone but for a computer and my usual host of narrative woes. But Sue and Jen are dear friends and when they invited me to write with them, I thought, what the hey, it’s only paper, I can fake something up and then burn it.
I discovered that I write better prose sitting at a table with my writing friends around me. I choose my words with greater care. I keep the transitions short, because I’ve only got 1500 words with which to intrigue them. I make certain that my hero or heroine experiences a turning point, makes a sacrifice, takes action in some way to advance the plot. When, at the end of the writing hour I read my scene aloud, I’ve got an audience feedback that tells me I’m on the right path.
And, no matter how busy the week is, how close we are to deadline, how many illustrations I still need to draw, I’ve written a chapter. My novelist career motors on.
But most of all, I love my writing circle because I am privileged to sit wide-eyed and enchanted, listening to Jen read aloud the next installment of her gripping Allaigna high fantasy trilogy, and dissolving into laughter over Sue’s hilarious The Mommy Diet.
We write with Dale Adams Segal’s card set, “The Hour Stories”. http://www.thehourstories.com
We open our writing circle to two or three additional writers on the second Thursday of every month in our Hour Stories Workshop.