Monday, March 7, 2011

Keep Writing, Keep Writing . . . .

Along America's Highway, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
The hard work of writing is no more gratifying than when you look out on a roomful of people as I did yesterday. Folks wanting to write, whether it be for family or by taking the work public, filled the community room at the local library on a rainy afternoon.

As I spoke about my journey as a writer, I loved watching eyes light up with the realization that "Yes!" this is something I, too, can do.   

"How do I learn to write?"  - is a  question I heard yesterday.

Everything in life is a choice. If you want it bad enough, you will practice, master the skill.  Keep writing, keep writing, keep writing.

Techniques describing and detailing the craft of writing abound on the Internet as do classes at the community college or community night school.  If you have the resources, treat yourself  to an MFA program.  Join a writing circle, critique your work with friends, hire an editor, traipse off to a writing retreat . . . but in the end,  it  comes down to the mantra . . . keep writing, keep writing, keep writing.  It doesn't matter where you do it, or how you do it, just do it.

After all, is there any other choice if at heart you are a writer?

Almost Paradise is a place tucked away in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  It is part of, yet separate, from the world. I go there to get away.  I go there to be alone. It is like writing.  I always return to this little slice of paradise.

Join us at 9 a.m. this Saturday, March 12 for our monthly read-around of the Women's Writing Circle at Wellington Square Bookshop in the Eagleview Town Center, Exton, PA.  This is a free event.   More information about the read-around is offered on this website.  Hope to see you there.


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