Round 2 Sunday 3

I’ve been going through my backlog of old writing magazines lately, trying to pare down the excess of “things” about my house for the move we need to make this year.  The stuff we allow ourselves to hold on to when we settle…

Well, I found a nice piece by David Fink in the Inkwell section of this past October’s Writer’s Digest about The Buddy System (not to be confused with a prior Writer’s Digest piece by Kevin Alexander by the same name).  It echoed for me, because I am the kind of person who writes (and works best with face-to-face contact with other creative people.  I don’t need to show my words to anyone else, I don’t need to share key-click time the way Hicks describes, but there is an energy—much like the energy that the NaNoWriMo people capture when they hold write-ins during their November marathons—that comes with writing with other people.

For some,  online sprints via a site like Twitter or Facebook can suffice, but perhaps you aren’t feeling the same magic that a more ‘personal touch’ offers.  Have you thought of using something like Skype or Hangouts to video chat (both ideas Hicks mentions in his article)?  Set up a coffee date with some writing friends where you sip-talk-write-repeat for an hour or so?  However you go about finding your words, may they keep coming.

and coming…

and…

And while you’re at it, it’s check-in time.  You know what to do:

3 thoughts on “Round 2 Sunday 3

  1. I love to write with other people. I used to go to a Saturday morning group where we just wrote together and read a little, and it was wonderful but really isn’t feasible for me now. I miss it. I like the online stuff well enough, but I miss the face-to-face. I might need to try a Google Hangout or something and see how that feels. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Hope the idea helps, Kim. If not, maybe you could start up another group like the one you used to be a part of that gets together at a better time for you (and possibly others… I know that Saturday mornings are almost a “never possible” time for me, so it may be the same for other people as well).

  2. I agree with Kim. Online sprints work in a pinch, but I am far more motivated in person when I can chat about what I am doing. I won a half-hour chat with Gabriela Pereira a couple of years ago, and she mentioned that she Skypes a friend she used to meet in person, and that it still works on Skype. It’s something I’d like to try.

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