I attended my first writing group meeting recently. I wasn’t sure of the format but the meeting was well run, the members were friendly and welcoming, and the agenda was interesting.
At each session, there is an opportunity for members to read out something they are working on and receive feedback. It was good to hear that comments are expected to be balanced with a ‘what worked well and even better if’ principle. Quite often writers experience similar issues and this type of feedback can be helpful for everyone.
At one point we were set an exercise 🧐. The task was to write a piece, prose or poetry, with the phrase “light shimmered on the lake, reflecting a thousand stars”. We were given ten minutes.
I hadn’t done anything like this before but thought I would share my effort with you. Who knows – it might even be the start of my next story 😊. Why don’t you give it a go?
Louise never intended to venture out that night. Her head was still full of the turmoil created by the meeting at work. The new financial controller was making it clear how he intended to run the department from now on.
But she needed some fresh air so she pulled on her boots, grabbed her coat and ventured on to the fields that sprouted across the back of her cottage.
She strode over to the small outcrop and turned towards the village. It was a beautiful moonlit night and she gazed out as light shimmered on the lake, reflecting a thousand stars.
She remembered Nick and prayed that he had found peace on one of them.
I quite enjoyed the challenge, and look forward to being an active member of this writing group. Contact me on social media if you want to share some of your experiences.
Happy writing x