What motivates you to write? Do you have a favorite writing spot? Or certain music to type along to?
Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I used to have so much more motivation and focus than I do now; though Iâ€™m not 100% certain, I often blame having children for my diminishing productivity. But how can I still blame them when theyâ€™re out of the house?! So, Iâ€™ve been taking steps recently to build back my writing habit.
One thing Iâ€™ve always been interested in is writing groups. Not so much a club, like school days of old, but more like what I imagine Tolkien and Lewis did in the Oxford days. From what I understand about the Inklings, the group would meet regularly to read/discuss/critique each otherâ€™s work, or simply to write in each otherâ€™s presence.
As I sit here at Starbucks, I wonder how many of those around me with laptops are doing the same thing I am. Perhaps thatâ€™s just another way my mind distracts me from purpose, but nonetheless, thereâ€™s something about knowing that the people you are with are working towards similar goals that pushes us. Maybe it’s accountability, maybe it’s encouragement; but, hey, whatever works, right?
Iâ€™ve been looking for a similar group near me but am not sure they exist. A colleague from UALR (who now works at UCA) used to post on Facebook about writers meeting, but that was in the Little Rock area. I also recently discovered that Hot Spring Village has a writerâ€™s club. Iâ€™m planning to visit their next meeting, but, based on a review of their website, Iâ€™m not sure they spend time writing together.
So if youâ€™re a writer in the Hot Springs area, and youâ€™d be interested in this type of group, Iâ€™d love to hear from you!