Monday, February 22, 2021

7 Best Ways To Improve Your Writing




Last Friday our chapter met for a Zoom Fireside Chat. We sat on comfy chairs and sofas. Shooed family pets and little ones streaming behind us. Wrapped our hands around a hot cup of our favorite beverage.

And...

Listened to some of the most amazing excerpts from stories. 

Round the room we shared from our writings. 
*The settings: beautifully word painted to take us there. We smelled, felt, saw, heard, and tasted with the characters. We fell when they fell. Laughed with them. Fought with them. Cried with them. Became afraid with them.
*The teasers -- naturally, we wanted to hear more of each story. Oh the places the readers left us!! 
*The characters: snarky, handsome, kind, at-a-loss, so in need of the journey he/she was about to embark - if only we knew the rest of the story!

We feasted on fabulous words.

And left encouraged. Yes. We took a chance, hoping our friends would like our WIP and they did!

So what are the best ways to improve your writing?

1. Write.
2. Meet with other writers.
3. Share your work in a reading.
4. Take note of their comments.
      *What did they like?
      *What specifics did they give?
      *What did they not mention that you would have liked them to say?
5. Feel the encouragement. It's okay to leave happy! To smile! To remember the positive words!
6. Write.
7. Plan to meet with other writers again.

For this reason- the board has set up our next meeting: Zoom Saturday, March 27 at 1:00 pm.

The focus is likened to a game. 

Greta, our president, will post three writing prompts the day before..
*When you see the prompts, set your timer for 30 minutes.
*Choose one, two, or all three of the prompts.
*Write whatever comes to your mind about the prompt. A story, a poem. A devotional. Anything.
*When the timer rings - stop writing.
*Yes. Your piece will be incomplete. That's okay. So will everyone else's. :)

You may ask, what is the game part of this writing exercise? Listening to what other writers will compose with the same prompt. You will be amazed! These games stir our thoughts. Show us how to reach outside the box. Consider new ways to convey our thoughts. 

And this is why we want everyone to play!

Mark your calendar: March 27th 1pm