Monday Lunchtime Write-in

Me tying.Before the pandemic Jan and I used to go out for a coffee every week where we would discuss our work in progress, or bemoan our lack of progress and share hint on how to extricate ourselves out of the mire of procrastination or self-doubt.

We also considered setting up a regular writing slot, perhaps once a month,  where we got together with other writers, to write and then to give each other feedback. Although in principal it sounded like a good idea there must have been some reluctance on both our parts because it never happened.

Then came the pandemic and everything changed. Locked down, Jan and I discovered Facebook video calls. The writing group I go to went on line and I began to Zoom or FaceTime regularly with friends. So when I found that Kris Johnson runs a lunchtime write in in the Mslexia Salon each Monday in May, I wasn’t totally averse to the idea.

Logging on I wasn’t quite sure what I would find. Do I keep my camera on or off? Will I be expected to contribute any feedback? Will there be any direction as to what, or for how long I should write? Would I get bored? Or distracted?

In the event it was a truly amazing experience, an hour of concentrated writing in the company of other women, all of whom were engaged in their own work. Some people used the chat function but most of us just wrote.

The time passed really quickly and very productively and at the end of the hour I was pleased with what I had achieved.

I was also curious as to why this sort of session was so useful and I came to the conclusion that although my time is my own, it is still hard to shut off from all distractions. Alone in front of my PC I don’t feel able to justify ignoring domestic or family demands. Engaged in a Zoom call it’s quite a different matter.

I was looking forward to the following week when I would log on and write and …. it didn’t happen. Somehow the log in time slipped my mind completely and by the time I realised it was too late.  I was really cross with myself for having missed the slot although, oddly enough I did get a lot of writing done. Maybe that was an offshoot of the previous session. Maybe what I needed was the belief that I can shut off everything for an hour and concentrate on the WIP. 

Here’s hoping the effect lasts and my final, final edit of the new book will soon be complete. 

#amwriting #womensfiction #Mslexia #JanEdwards 


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