Thursday, February 17, 2011

What have I been doing?

I have two big writing things going on at the moment. On the one hand is a "class" essentially about getting your writing exercise. My friend Rachel and I are leading it. It's not about teaching as much as practicing what everybody already knows. Last night we wrote in ten minute sessions, using single words as prompts, and shared what we wrote as we finished. Then reflected back to each other what we heard. Not only was it fun to hear first impressions on our words but there were some amazing writers in the group. How energizing the whole experience was! I'm already excited for next weeks class!

And I have also have been working on a group crit for a co-practiceroomer. We have been meeting on gchat to discuss the first 3rd of her dystopian work in process. There has been a literal floodgate of discussion about her book and the world and the narrator. It has been tons of fun to consider the difficulties of world building, characterization and book openings. Her book is complex and exciting and well done, so as a result we have had much to say about it. At the same time I'm trying to be aware of how overwhelming that would be (she also has a toddler and an infected wisdom tooth). Let's just hope it is not too much to stomach when you are on the receiving end. She is a trouper for letting us discuss and I only hope that these gals will do the same for me when my next novel comes round for the go-round. And I also hope that my book provides as much fodder for discussion!

Meanwhile the practice room has been trucking along. Join us and see how much you can get done in an hour. The next schedule posts on Monday, February 21st. Check it out through that door on your right.