Welcome Back, Fryhover!

As part of my writer’s “training,” if you will, I became a member of the Kansas Writer’s Association (KWA) a few months ago. Of course I didn’t join solely for the “training.”  I joined partly as a result of gentle nudging from my good friend April, but also for the support, guidance, encouragement, networking, and friendship that was sure to follow. And also because I know myself, and I know I need to have a little accountability. I need to set goals and surround myself with other writers who will challenge me and give me a kick in the pants every so often and who will help me celebrate my successes. Even teeny tiny ones. Like writing this post.

This afternoon I attended the KWA Holiday Party and spent some time with my ever growing circle of writer friends. As I listened to them share their various successes, both professionally and personally, I was in awe of the sheer talent, determination, dedication, enthusiasm, and energy that filled the room. I felt inspired, and maybe a little guilty because I’ve been so neglectful to my own writing. When I decided to write this post, I could hardly believe it has been more than a month since I’ve posted anything. There seems to aways be something that stands in the way: several stacks of papers that need grading, lesson planning, Facebooking, dinner to make, episodes of NCIS to watch, the family to tend to…the list goes on and on. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve added bits and pieces of various word counts to my WIP (work in progress) at the rate of about once a month thanks to my Newton Community Writing Group’s fearless leader, Mollie Sultenfuss, who gives us the gift of writing time whenever we meet as a group. Mollie, you’ve earned yourself a spot in my acknowledgements when I finally finish this novel and get published. You’ve got it black and white.

Unfortunately, dabbling with my WIP and only adding a few hundred to a thousand words a month will certainly not get me very far. I must, therefore, commit myself to write regularly and consistently. This will be much easier said than done, but Christmas break is just around the corner and so is a  opportunity for some marathon writing. My characters have been begging for some attention, and I can hardly wait to give them some.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eric
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 09:33:20

    Happy writing

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  2. Samantha LaFantasie
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 12:12:39

    Hey there! I’m glad you feel that same sense of awe and drive I get. Makes me feel like I’m on the right track! Haha! Anyhow it was great seeing you at the party! As far as your WIP, I’ve had to tell myself the time frame or the time spent isn’t what matters the most. It’s getting the story down. I know, easier said than done! Like the post, btw! Always good to give the KWA a little love!

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  3. Meg
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 23:29:55

    Micki, if you want to talk inactive writer, use my name instead of yours. I rejoined KWA in September and haven’t reserved the time to attend a meeting since. I need to follow Jeff’s advice and mine my journals to further develop some good “starts” within.

    After several years of SCKWP friends telling me to read them, I finally got into the Hunger Games series. Being a slow reader, who rereads bits and pieces to see how the writer created “that effect” on my mind or heart…I don’t move through very quickly. I am now a big fan, as well.

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  4. mfryhover
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 00:13:51

    Meg, I’m glad you finally got to read the Hunger Games! Suzanne Collins is quite good at what she does. I read A LOT of YAL, as you know, and this is partly because I love it, but also because these books provide a wealth of writing styles and techniques. I learn something about the writing craft every time I read a new book. Keep reading. It helps your writing!

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