Before I started writing memoir, I was a fiction writer. Short stories, plays, even a novel or two. It was easier in college when I was there specifically for creative writing but after I graduated it got more difficult to keep up the momentum. Then I started blogging which turned into essays and more creative nonfiction and now my second memoir is less than a month away.
But through it all I’ve had certain characters percolating in my brain. I’ve tried writing them into things but nothing felt right. One character in particular has been with me since college—that’s almost twenty years that March has been patiently waiting for her story and I think I might have it. Not just her, but all of these characters who have been hanging out in the creative corners of my brain.
I spent the weekend writing with friends, working on this novel, and now for three mornings in a row I’ve done 15 minute writing sprints. It’s actually pretty incredible how much writing you can get done in 15 minutes if you don’t overthink it and just write.
After all, everything can be edited later.
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I’ve said before that making friends as an adult woman in your thirties is hard af, but let me repeat it: making friends as an adult woman in your thirties is hard af.
Somehow, I’ve been lucky to have stumbled upon two incredible women who are not only awesome coworkers but awesome bad ass women to hang out with as well. Over the past few months we’ve started having regular get togethers and this past weekend we had our very own local writer retreat. We spent three days writing and relaxing and trading stories, both real and the ones we are writing, and I feel so grateful to have them in my life.
Writing can be such a solo activity, it’s one of the reasons I love it so much. But there is something special about finding people you trust to share your work in progress with, and who trust you enough to share theirs. It’s also important to have people who support your art and share in your success, not jealous of your accomplishments but truly happy for you. Those are the people you want to keep close. And, if you are super lucky, share a quirky house with for a weekend.
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