Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Recently a member of our critique trio gave birth to her first child and decided to take a hiatus. Although we are very happy for her, and are in total agreement with her decision, her absence made us ponder the future of our group. We really hope our missing partner returns after her maternity leave, but we would understand if the joys of motherhood led her in another direction.
Being the troopers we are we decided to go ahead with our monthly meeting. We met at at our usual spot, Literati Cafe, a place frequented by the writerly types, and gets your creative juices flowing the moment you step in. We ordered our usual drinks, a latte for her,Genmaicha tea for me, before pulling out our notes and pens and getting to work. Three hours later we wrapped up our session both feeling like we were ready to attack the next leg of this writing journey. Yes, we missed our third member. Yes, we know two is not enough to make a group. No, all our problems weren't solved in one night, but as former UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden would say: Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
My writer partner and I had no idea what would happen at the meeting last night, but we went forward anyway, the same way I do when writing. Often I'm not sure how, or if, a scene will work. Will it move the story forward? Slow down the pace or hinder the plot altogether? Sometimes I'm just not sure until after the words are on the page. However, I'm sure I must move forward and get the words on the page. For as Victor Kiam says: Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. Fortunately for us our meeting went well and we didn't fall on our faces.
Even though we haven't finished our race with this current WIP, we both feel that we are one step closer to the finish line. I know I'm only getting there because of the friends who've helped me along the way. I am super grateful for our meeting last night and I'm grateful that my remaining partner really is a true friend and a good writer!
How do you keep moving forward? Do you have a friend who is a good writer?