Category Archives: writing groups

Do This. Don’t Do That.

I’ve been a slacker in the blogging department lately, not because I don’t have anything to say but rather because I’ve been speaking my truth in other areas. Plus, although I always did my best (with what I knew at … Continue reading

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More than Something to Drink

I agree with Pat Conroy who said the four most beautiful words in the English language are, “Tell me a story.” Tonight’s drop-in at the Kershaw County Library verified Conroy’s assertion and my belief. I arrived at the library a … Continue reading

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Do It Anyway

I’d been waiting for the bomb to drop. Not knowing who would be the first to criticize or question the Camden Writers’ latest anthology, What I Wish I Could Tell You, I felt on alert and anxious whenever anyone brought … Continue reading

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Keeping the Tennis Court

  It’s one of those days when I can’t seem to get my mojo going. I have lots of thoughts and ideas, but—wait, maybe that’s my problem: too many memories and thoughts and feelings swirling around in my head to … Continue reading

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Pesky Errors

At some point in the late 1980’s, I wrote a chapter for a human relations textbook. I had been working on a text of my own and had pretty much completed the chapter on prejudice and discrimination. That’s what we … Continue reading

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Tell Me A Story

There are advantages to getting older. If a person plays her cards right, she has more time to reflect, more time to right some wrongs, more time to meet with old friends and reminisce about the days of yore. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Now and Then and Now Again

It’s crunch time for shaping up this year’s anthology. I’m not at the fingernail-biting stage yet. I know we’ll pull it together my mid-August at the absolute latest. We want our book to be top-notch even if it means tacking … Continue reading

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Keep That Dialogue Real

Do this. Don’t do that. When I first joined a local writing group, I heard those phrases more than I like to think about. Let’s be honest; I still hear those five little words at just about every critique meeting. … Continue reading

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Ada Lynn, Neely, & Cally

As I sat in our bi-monthly writing group critique this morning, I was reminded of this truth: Reading fiction expands your world. My world too. Two writers submitted chapters of the novels they’re working on, and two hours later, I’m … Continue reading

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Moose Burgers and Gym Bags

Being part of a writing group has helped me in ways too numerous to recount. At the same time, my membership has also made me a little more hesitant to write or to trust myself as a writer. For example, I’ve been … Continue reading

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