Posted by: nightmistwalker | October 24, 2016

The Joy of the Writing Circle

Since the beginning of summer, I have been a member of a writing circle. We meet approximately 2 times a month. Members can read or listen. It is open to the public, although there seems to be a small core group. Sometimes, like today, we bring breakfast in. At other times, we just drink tea. Everything is fluid, except for one thing. Everyone who brings something written gets to read to the group.

Now, I hang out with mediums. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that many of our listeners are spirits. Sometimes the spirits listen without comment, sometimes they have something to contribute, and occasionally they demand that we make changes in our work. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen often. However, their presence reminds us that our audience is not just a commercial one. A rip roaring good story is a rip roaring good story, no matter who the audience is. It’s fun to think of spirits as well as humans when we write.

Our realization today was that reading one’s own work allows us to hear it with different ears. What seems clean and straightforward to us may not make sense to others. It gives us a direction to move in when we are not sure to go. Sometimes how we write solves problems for someone else. Those are very satisfying moments.

One of the scenes I read today was the final scene for the entire story. (Yes, I write out of order.) This scene is intended to be humorous, and I was very happy when I had to stop reading because the audience was laughing so hard that they literally could not sit upright at the table. This is the kind of feedback that keeps me going. Providing joy for others is food for my soul.

Therefore, I will plug away at it for another few weeks. As the story grows and nears completion, I am worried about what will become of it. But the spirits still gather while I write. As long as they are happy, so am I.

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