Writing can be such an isolating experience, can’t it? Such a
love-hate relationship. We can’t live without it and yet some days it drives us nuts.
Monday, we write a page and are sure “this is it”. By Friday? “What was I thinking?”
So what a treat to get together a group of writers for a workshop to share the ups and downs, to share tips from the three decades of my professional writing life and to reassure them that however long you have been doing this ( and however supposedly “professional” you have become), there are moments of doubt and frustration which we just have to work through.
At the weekend I led a workshop for a group of 12 writers as part of the Watermark summer arts festival - and what a privilege. They were keen, open, warm and funny.
We did one exercise which prompted some ideas and scenes which really touched me. The pictures are still in my head. Private - obviously. I wouldn't break their trust. But I can tell you that I had a really good feeling that they would leave and continue some excellent work.
So this blog is just a quick thank you. To the lovely writers in my recent group and to all the writers out there. For being keen and open, warm and funny and most important….for doing what writers do best.
Helping to unlock what is written, not on the page, but in our hearts.
Do please keep going!
PS To see my latest story CRUMBS - see next Woman's Weekly July 30th edition. And if you would like details of future workshops, keep an eye on my teaching page or send me your email address via the contacts form.
Teresa Driscoll - journalist, author, mother of two and lover of great coffee.