Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Well is Deeper than You Think

October meeting
Saturday, 10/5, 10:00-noon
High Mountain Church
681 High Mountain Road, North Haledon, NJ 07508
The Well is Deeper than You Think 

Are you dismissing writing options because you come up dry? 
Do you feel limited in the scope of your writing?
Are there topics that interest you but you dare not tackle them?
The well is deeper than you think. Be prepared for a writing exercise that will 
s-t-r-e-t-c-h you. Bring paper & pen, laptop or notebook and let your creativity flow.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Step by Step - the September meeting's Focus Point

There is a simple word that is critical to accomplishing our writing goals. That word is the verb step. 

There are many words to describe our steps. They can be sauntering or hurried; aimless or direct; baby steps or giant steps. Sometimes we step alone, other times with company. At times our steps are fruitless; thankfully, many times they are fruitful.
All steps have these three things in common:

  • They move us from one location to another, from here to there. When we step, we move.
  • Secondly, steps are subject to our decision. The choice to step or be idle is ours. The direction in which we move is also our choice. Will we take a familiar route or step into an adventure? Will we step forward or will we step back?
  • Thirdly, a very basic truth is that every journey begins with a single step. That’s why, when we talk about goals, it's important to define our next step. Even Isaiah’s promise that we will soar like eagles and run w/o weariness, speaks of walking & not fainting (Isa 40:31).

Today’s focus is so basic, I could well have spoken about breathing - we don’t think about taking a breath much more than we think about taking a step. But if we do not take intentional steps, we will not progress in our writing journey. Physical exercise, spiritual growth, intellectual learning... all require a first step - as does our writing.

Take-home thought: My journey is defined by many steps. What is my next step?

A writer's prayer: "Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth" (Ps 86:11)... step by step.

Next meeting: October 5, 2013

Friday, September 06, 2013

Summer Success, Fall Focus

September meeting

Saturday, 9/14, 10:00-noon
High Mountain Church
681 High Mountain Road, North Haledon, NJ 07508

Summer Success, Fall Focus
We left our June meeting armed with goals for the summer. Come prepared to share your successes as well as a fresh focus for the fall.

Our meeting topic is Write Tight. Bring materials for writing exercises & note-taking.