Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Writers' Group

Today is cold with a sharp Northerly wind blowing straight down from the Arctic.   But the sun is shining, and that makes things much better.   The snow has not altogether gone, but hangs about in the shelter of stone walls, "waiting for a bit more to join it" as my old Mother used to say.

Today has been our monthly Writers' Meeting, and one of my favourites.   Once a year we meet without any written piece to read.   Instead, we are 'dealt' a postcard (face down) and we have around half an hour to look at it and write about it - spontaneously.  If we find the post card totally uninspiring we can ask to change it, but otherwise we get our heads down and write.

There were twelve of us today.   Postcards ranged from scenes (harbour, Venice), to paintings/drawings (Van Gogh), sketches - all manner of things.  What resulted were twelve very diverse pieces of writing - all interesting - some long, some short and concise (I do wish I could do short and concise).  Each writer read our their piece of work and then we had a discussion.   It was a very jolly morning with a lovely group of people.

After lunch Tess and I had our first walk of the week down the lane.   It has been too snowy and slippery until today but today was quite pleasant as long as you were wrapped up well.   It's amazing what a difference a bit of sunshine makes isn't it? 

10 comments:

MorningAJ said...

Do we get to see your postcard and read your piece? I'd be interested to know how inspiration grabbed you.

Heather said...

I couldn't agree more about sunshine Pat - even mud looks nicer with the sun shining on it!
Your writers' group annual project sounds very daunting to me, but then I'm no writer. It might even be better to be given a subject than to have to try to think of one. I am sure that your piece was interesting and entertaining. Your blog posts always are.

Country Gal said...

Sounds like quite the writing challenge ! It is sunny but cold here the sky is a beautiful blue not a cloud in it ! Miggs and I went for our walk , fed the birdies , played fetch and I took photos ! I always feel so much better when there is sunshine to ! Have a good day !

Denise Nesbitt said...

and then it snowed!
Locked up for the night now Pat!
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

keep warm.
Dxx

Denise Nesbitt said...

and then it snowed!
Locked up for the night now Pat!
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

keep warm.
Dxx

John Gray said...

I love the postcard idea.....
Any ideas wot I could talk to the woman's institute about....have another talk to do next week

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

That all sounds like fun - except for the cold walk - I prefer mine a tad warmer.

Do we get to read your piece that you wrote?

Crafty Green Poet said...

I like that kind of writing challenge!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for visiting and for giving me the idea to put my offering on for today's blog - that leaves me what I was going to put on today for tomorrow, so more time to think about it.

Rachel said...

John Gray, you could talk about blogging and what nice people you meet that way!