Quote of the Day: Tell the story that’s been growing in your heart, the characters you can’t keep out of your head, the tale story that speaks to you, that pops into your head during your daily commute, that wakes you up in the morning. Jennifer Weiner
Today is another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.
Question of the Month: What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly that you wanted to write?
I have always been a writer. I remember sitting in a chair at my Grandma’s house when I was very young, probably in Kindergarten, writing words (some scribbled word look-a-likes). Then, I showed my story to my Grandma and “read” it to her. When I was in the 7th grade, I told my English teacher that I wanted to be a writer. She was very encouraging. I started journaling about that time. I was inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank. I didn’t really think about writing a novel until I was in my teaching career, and author Jane Kurtz came to our school and was a guest speaker. I finally saw writers as someone like me. Up until then, I thought of writers as famous people, out of my reach. That summer, I started thinking about writing novels, short stories, and articles that I could have published. I continue to write a page, or chapter, here or there, and may eventually write an entire novel that gets published.
I’ve been writing skits and plays for as long as I can remember.
Writing helps me connect and process what I see and experience. As I look into 2020, I see a bright future. I have new found perspective, a little more time for myself with all four boys either in college or on their own. My word for the year came to me mid-December: Shine! 2020 will be my year to shine, to be the light, to hone my gifts and talents, and work towards continued success. I’m even looking into a week long writer’s retreat, at an old mansion in St. Paul, MN. I’m applying for a grant to help cover the costs.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: What new adventures await you in 2020? Do you have a word for the year?
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Shine is a great word for the year! I hope I can embody that as well.
Thanks, Sarah. Let your light shine!
Shine is a fabulous word – love it!!
I haven’t chosen a word yet – but Risk or Forward might be in the running 🙂
Ooo. I like your words, Jemi!
I started writing pretty much by accident and just for fun, but I do know the story which convinced me to take it a little more seriously. It was just 40 words, but won me cake and a book token. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Cake and a book token are great compensation for your creative work!
Go shine! This is your year.
Shine is a great word for 2020! Good luck with the grant application for the writer’s retreat. 🙂
Thanks, Ellen. I’m working on it!
A week long retreat in an old mansion – I would love that.
I know. It’s irresistible!
Shine is a great way to celebrate 2020.
Anna from elements of emaginette
How luck you were to have that kind of early encouragement!
Yes, Lee. I still remember her kind words.
Shine is a great word, Mary. It totally suits you. Good luck with the grant application, and all your writing goals.
The writing retreat sounds fabulous!
I love your writing. You are good at it, too.
It’s super interesting to hear what inspired us to write.
Good word choice. May you shine through 2020!
Love the word Shine! Your idea of a retreat sounds amazing. Happy New Year!
Thanks, Yvonne. I’m excited for the new year!
I like your word. Let your writing light SHINE! Great post. I’m a little late making the rounds. Happy IWSG!
Thanks for stopping by! My writer’s light is on!!
What a dynamic story, Mary! More power to you, and bravo for looking for a grant to continue with your writing. Seriously, your 2020 will be “bright” for you. I wish you health and success in 2020. A word for the new year? Perhaps: hopeful. I am hopeful I will bring my college memoir to fruition and hopefully publish it in 2020.
Thanks, Victoria. I’m rooting for you!
Hi, Mary! Love your word for 2020. I haven’t picked one out, although “sleep” sounds pretty good right now, after several late nights. All the best to you as you pursue your writing goals!
I love your outlook on the upcoming year! Good luck on getting the grant.
Although I’ve written a few novels, I’d love to write a play or a script. It’s a totally different skill which seems daunting to me, but would be a great challenge. Here’s to getting your shine on in 2020!