A few times in my life i have had the good joy of being part of an online writing community. I am at a time, where again, i feel the need to engage in this sort of communication and practice, which i think benefits all who participate.
About ten years ago, I was part of a online book group. It was based on the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and it was amazing. If you don’t have this book on your shelf, i suggest it highly. Not only does it have wise thoughts about writing and creativity, but also for life as well.
The basic idea of that group, and now this group will be that we do weekly writings that are creating from both visual and written prompts. You would use the prompt as a beginning for your writing. Each writing is a stream of conciousness writing for 10 minutes. After you finish the writing , without editing, you post it in the comments section with a link, a title that states your name, the Week Number and the prompt for the week. ie, http://girlcancreate.com, Lisa – Week #1 – Us
There is basically two sides to this project. One is the writing part, and the second is the reading part. By the middle of the week, everyone should have posted their writings in order for us to have time to read each others writings so that we can comment on it. I think this is one of the most important aspects of this work. We comment on one thing that we really enjoyed about the writing, and then we ask a question about something in the writing. All of this happens on a weekly basis. The written prompt goes up on Wednesday, and you post your writing by Sunday and then you comment on the others work in the comments area by Wednesday and then it begins again.
In the past i have limited the amount of people set up in the group but have decided that it’s best to put it out to the world! This process will take 10 minutes of writing followed by about 15 minutes of reading and then about 15 minutes of commenting. If you miss a few writing prompts, that is fine, but please try to commit to writing as much as you can as it contributes to the quality of the experience!
This process is a great way to free up your mind, and soul and it often makes you want to write more. Which is one of the main reasons that i enjoy this forum.
The blog is public and anyone can read it, so you might keep that in mind, but hopefully that won’t influence your decision to post here! Because this is a writing group, sometimes some of the writing can be personal, and i ask that we respect each other and the writing.
Here we go! And as always, if you have any questions, please do send them my way!