Creativity Workshop, Goals, Group, Social Media, Writing

She Writes and She Updates

Another brief post and more questions for you today. At least I haven’t resorted to  repeating posts from last year.

Okay then, topic of the day is She Writes. I joined this group within the first week of its inception … and then I pretty much forgot about it. This morning, I read that it will celebrate its one-year anniversary later this month, and I started wondering how many of you might also be members. If you are, I have some questions for you:

  • Are you an active member?
  • If you are, what exactly does active mean?
  • What benefits have you received from She Writes?
  • In other words, what am I missing out on?

Now, for a brief update on my Creativity Workshop progress. My goal this week was to write the fourth, and last, poem for my first set of goals. This week’s poem was to depict Autumn as a middle-aged woman—the second half of motherhood. So, on Monday I compiled a list of appropriate words and phrases. Then, a life situation derailed me for the next three days, and I resigned myself to marking this week as a fail. But on Friday morning, as I sat in the cool of my backyard with a cup of ginger tea in hand, words started aligning themselves. Autumn spoke to me for a while, and then I came in and wrote the poem. It’s in prose form. I’m not completely satisfied with it, but I’m grateful I got something written this week.

From this first set, I learned that I can write a poem on demand, possibly of the same quality as my other poems … of course, that’s not saying much! 😀 I also discovered that there is far more to learn about writing poetry than I imagined. I have a new level of admiration for those who are able to write a poem that moves me.

The next set of goals, is to write four short stories. Originally, these four were to be horror or psychological suspense, but I don’t want to be thinking dark thoughts right now. My last set was to be four stories centered on the theme of place, so I’m switching the order.

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Group, Writing

SHE WRITES

“SHE WRITES is a new social network where women writers working in every genre–in every part of the world and of all ages and backgrounds–can come together in a space of mutual support.”

Sorry, male readers, this one excludes you … but if you know any women writers, please pass the news on to them. I’ve just joined this site and fellow women writers are joining like crazy. It launched 29 June and, at this writing, already has over 900 members! Clearly we women have a need for this community.

There are groups about marketing and promotion, literary groups by genre, groups by location, a group for writers who blog. You can share writing news, events, videos, and more to come.

You don’t have to be a published writer to join—but if you are, you can sell your book in the bookstore. You just have to love writing and want to learn more about the craft … and share what you know with others.

So … ladies, check it out SHE WRITES. And if you join, add me as a friend.