Quote of the Day: We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. Dorothy Day

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 is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it, you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

I read Stephen King’s On Writing a number of years ago, and I still remember some great writing tips and his comments on life as a writer. I’ll be rereading that one. My writing mentor Candace Simar recommended Sol Stein’s Stein on Writing, which I listened to on audio. I plan to purchase a hard copy so I can reread it, highlight passages, and do some of the exercises he presents. She also recommends Save the Cat, which is on my TBR list! I listened to The Steal Like an Artist trilogy by Austin Kleon. Kleon gives tips on the creative life, offers many quotes and words of inspiration, and most of all encouragement to live out your dream of creating and sharing your work. I need to put that one on constant replay!

Play off the Page Youth Theater Workshop, 2021, “Camp Superior.”

I’m in the midst of running Youth Theater Workshops in the Brainerd lakes area. Students entered, eager to create and connect. Our theme is adventures along the river. The elementary group created a darling play that we named “Camp Superior.” It warmed my heart to see them jump into creating together and including everyone. This week, the middle school students are using the same theme, with a little more edge and humor. Their play, “Madness on the Mississippi,” is a hoot. I can’t wait to share it with friends and family at the end of the week. I’m also recording the shows and putting them on my Youtube page

Play off the Page Youth Theater Workshop 2021

Note my quote of the day (above), by Dorothy Day. She understood the power of community, how it connects us and heals us, the need to take care of each other and lift each other up. Theater is my lifeline. The dark days of the pandemic were lonely. I don’t want to go back to that. Please, do your part to knock this virus on its butt and keep schools, businesses, and theaters open. 

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt: What does your community offer to lift up and encourage one another? 

The IWSG does this so well. Thank you, Alex, for starting the group and keeping it going!