Each month writers tackle an enjoyable writing challenge, which includes 100 word short stories – a
great exercise to sharpen writing and editing skills. But we have also worked on outlines and
character sketches for a 1500 word story. For the June meeting the new convener Sushi Stewart,
challenged members to dig deep and share the source of their passion for writing, motivation and
commitment timewise. How and where did it all begin? We found some members started writing as
small children, some not until their twenties and others not until their older years. In some cases all
it took was the encouragement of a teacher, parent or friend to get them started and with that the
reward of praise and success for their efforts. Nothing succeeds like success!
One consistent theme was that they have something to say and often it buzzes around a writer’s
brain and bothers them until they get it down on paper. Some writers are disciplined and write daily
between certain hours, some write at night, wake up and make notes, or keep a tape recorder ready
for those moments of inspiration. Others write in furious bursts when the story shakes them into
action and then find it hard to stop writing until the job is done and the story is literally out of their
system. What makes you want to be a writer? If you are passionate about writing, perhaps a new
writer just getting started, think about the source of your passion for the written word.
The Marlborough Writers group meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at
Fairweathers 36 Scott Street Blenheim. We extend a warm welcome to new members. We gather
from 4.45 p.m. and the meeting ends at 7 p.m. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 18 July.