Speaking of Exercises

We had a writer’s workshop at the library. It’s always interesting to go and see what people brought, but the leader asked us to do an exercise to share what we saw and heard in a descriptive fashion. Several of them were very interesting – one described a specific person’s point of view (other than her own) and another talkeda bout the room. A few shared their feelings about the group.

It’s always an interesting exercise to give a different point of view. What’s the first line? What kind of piece are you writing? Whose point of view are you using?

And news of the interesting: I went to a store today to buy some thank-you notes. (I need to mail the ones I have written, but it’s just baby steps.) The sign taped to the cash register read: “NO RETURNS of any graduation merchandise will be excepted after June 1st.” It makes me wonder if they really mean it is going back to normal and how many customers catch that it is wrong.

Writing Exercises

Writers write. It’s what we do. If you encounter a non-writing writer… well, someone’s pulled the wool over your eyes.

But not all writing is the same. There are the marathon events of novels and the short stints of flash fiction, truthful accounts and made up lies,  dry technical stuff and incredibly artful poetry.

Sometimes it’s best to stretch to something not tackled to get a better eye. Getting outside the comfort zone can give a better perspective to tackle the next project or to edit the current one. Other times it just gives a needed break from the regular grind. Exercise is needed to build, just as it is a physical necessity for muscles.

After a long break, like I am taking with my ‘maternity leave’ – some exercise is just what is needed to get back into the scheme of things before I edit that last project I finished.

Thinking about the Future

In more ways than one…

The anthology theme that just began is “Destination: Future” which sounds like a lot of fun. I’m definitely letting that one rumble in my head for awhile. Let’s hope something cool pops out of that!

The other reason I’m thinking about the future is my writing meeting did an exercise on how we wanted to be introduced. There weren’t very many of us, so we went around the room (with microphone in hand) to give a short introduction that we wrote ourselves, but someone else read and sometimes ad-libbed.

Then we handed in the papers with dates for a goals list. Mine might be more realistic than some, but I didn’t hand that in. I made a different goals sheet with about a year’s worth of goals. More than likely I won’t complete all of them, but they are goals I am consistently working toward. I track my progress and keep them defined in terms that are quantifiable and meaningful.

It makes me really want to buckle down and do things to see them printed out in front of me, but these things take time. Somehow, everything takes time!