I attended a meeting for a group of writers tonight. They are an eclectic group of individuals who specialise in a range of different genres and have styles of writing as unique as any of the top writers you’d buy from Waterstones. I’m particularly fond of this group who, every time we meet, take me on a journey of discovery into worlds I haven’t created for myself.
The focus this time was story openers – the first sentence in a book. The importance of it and what the experts think it should consist of. The discussion was good and the sentences we came up with, in the limited time we had were, interesting and diverse.
The group offer a range of services to each other like proof reading and editing and, more importantly, their ears to listen to extracts of our work. In my opinion, there is nothing more relevant in a creative environment than to have other like-minded people to share with, and get feedback on, the work we produce.
The thoughts I come home with, every time I attend, often stimulate ideas to incorporate something in my writing I might not have considered, or even thought of myself. The collaborative setting, although brief is a must for me and the comradery of a group of fellow writers is a pleasure to be part of.
Do you belong to a special group of people? Why not drop me a line on the contact page of my website and share?
Sometimes life takes you on unexpected trips to parts of the country you've not been to before. Yesterday I went to Shropshire and in particular Shrewsbury. Coming from East Sussex, and living in Kent for most of my life, I am biased enough to say that I've lived in the most beautiful counties in England, and indeed nobody could really dispute their beauty in the rural areas of the North and South Downs.
Imagine my surprise, after a four hour drive, to see some of the most breathtaking country I have ever seen. The sheer enormity of it was amazing enough, but the fact that so much of it was totally unspoilt was incredible. There were, of course hamlets dotted around here and there, but instead of blotting the landscape they enhanced it, along with the myriad range of vibrant greens. From the outskirts of Shrewsbury, the town looked much like any other on approach but, after parking and stopping for a cup of tea,
I was delighted to explore the amazing architecture that stands proudly next to more modern buildings. instead of dwarfing and obscuring the beauty of the older buildings they positively enhance them through their own modest appearance. Talking to the locals, the pride they have in their town and county is very evident and the slower pace of life there is reflected in the calm, relaxed and friendly nature of them. It's no wonder that my favourite children's author Malcolm Saville set most of his Lone Pine Series of books in the county.
Further brief stops in Ironbridge and Ludlow provided more glimpses of amazing history and architecture in this truly beautiful county, a county that rivals the beauty of my own but in a very different way. have you ever visited a place that was so beautiful that it took your breath away? If so why not drop me a line through the contact page of my website and tell me about it.