Newsletter: 14/3/5: Meeting tonight

Hi everyone,

It’s that time again, and again I’ve been so busy I nearly missed it. Our next Write Group meeting is tonight. We meet in the Council Chamber of the Tofield Town Office at 7:00 pm and usually run until 8:00 pm or 9:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you there, and would invite those who have not attended a meeting lately to pop in tonight and get your writing community fix. Bring something you have written — poem, story, article — and share with us. There nothing like the joy of a passionate, sharing community.

This month is rather busy. There are many March writing observances, prompts, competitions and events. I am just finishing one writing course which I really enjoyed and look forward to sharing with you tonight. In fact, one of the prompts I will offer tonight comes from that course. I think you will love it.

A second writing course, How to Read … a Mind, dealing with the fictional mind and how we can improve our readers’ identification with our characters, starts on March 17 and runs to March 31. It looks like it might be interesting, and, as with the other courses periodically offered on our Wiki Events page, it’s free.

Check out our Events page to learn what observances and events are happening this month. In particular, I would like to draw your attention to Celebrate Your Name Week, which began two days ago and ends on March 8. A couple of years ago, we had a prompt about each other’s names which received great interest and responses. In celebration of Celebrate Your Name Week, I offer that prompt again.

Your First Real Life-story, the Story of Your Name

Describe your name in a story which will entertain your audience and you, and tell them and yourself about you. Ask and answer questions like these (not all questions need to be answered) to help you tell your name’s story.

What is your name? What does it mean? How did you get it and who gave it to you? If you were named after some one or some place or some thing, what is that person, place or thing’s story? Do you like your name? Why or why not? If not, what would you like to be named and why? What does your name mean to others? Who and why?

This is my response to that prompt: The Story of My Name. Other responses ranged from historical to whimsical. Use your imagination to tell us about your name.

I added more prompts to our Wiki Prompts page. But I think you will really enjoy this Personal Map prompt from the course I mentioned above. This fun writing exercise involves more sketching than writing. By employing storytelling visually, we get a different representation of our memories.

This prompt works perfectly with other March observances: World Storytelling Day, World Poetry Day and World Folktales and Fables Week, all great opportunities to express yourself creatively. There is even a Dr. Seuss Day and a Tolkien Reading Day among other observances.

Writer’s Digest adds another related prompt which I will also offer.

Your Life: A Mystery Novel

You are a world-renowned mystery writer living a life of seclusion. A random email informs you of a great story, the next bestseller. Unfortunately, you find the details to be a little too close to home. Write a scene where you confront this mysterious informant, who seems to know a little too much about your personal life.

Finally, this month there are a lot of new competitions that you can enter. These include several new standing competitions that run year round, competitions specific to March and an extension of our Write Group Logo Competition. I received two entries into this competition, but would like to receive more so we get a variety of logos to select from. This is month for sketching and storytelling. Tell us your story of what writing, a writing group and our Write Group mean to you by creating a logo for us.

You can always check our Contest Archive for more competitions that we have noted in our Write Group newsletter and our Diigo Competition page for even more offered elsewhere.

Contests are a great way to stretch your writing talent and expose your work and yourself to the writing and reading world. Check out what competitions are available this month.

I leave you with that and remind you again about tonight’s Write Group meeting. I really hope you decide that tonight is a great evening to get your feet wet and attend. I look forward to sharing the joy of writing with you.

Take care of yourselves, and keep writing,