Living for the Journey: By Pam Robinson
Nearly everyone will agree that writing is lonely business. Writers need courage to face a big blank page time after time, any time they must explore a new topic or breathe new life into an old one. The process requires long hours, patience and hard work—not to mention, a fair amount of trips to fetch another drink. (One of my writing heroes, William Zinsser, points out the amount of water writers consume far exceeds the body’s known need for liquids.)
Not surprisingly, a fair number of writers lose motivation for their craft. Writing will always be a solitary activity, drawing on our best-learned language skills. Yet, as poet Jessica Thompson writes, Inspiration “cannot be called up from within – she comes from some place outside of us.”
Keeping this truth in mind, I have reserved a place, Meeting Room B, at the Alexandrian Public Library in Mount Vernon on Sunday, September 16, 1:30 p.m., for anyone interested in forming a monthly nonfiction writers’ circle. Although I love poetry and prose fiction, I lack the gift for writing in these genres. My interest lies in journaling, personal essays, and memoir. I’m hoping more Posey County writers long to learn more about nonfiction writing from guest speakers and to share their work for constructive critique.
At this first meeting, writers can expect to stay about an hour. We will agree on a permanent time and meeting place or places—perhaps moving among the libraries in Mount Vernon, New Harmony, and Poseyville—as well as a name for our group. In addition, I will bring information about possible speakers and formats for sharing writing in progress.
Writers may combat loneliness, but they don’t need to suffer alone. Like anyone else, we can benefit from a support group of like-minded individuals.
I don’t expect to draw a large circle of writers to the Alexandrian Public Library next month. After all, my idea won’t appeal to everyone. I do hope, however, at least a few writers will want to share the great reflections and memories pouring out of their Posey pens.