Talk Writing to Me

A couple of nights ago, I had dinner with a good friend of mine at a popular Italian restaurant. I was early and she was a bit late, so I had a chance to chat with my server – Vinny.

As a server, Vinny’s job is to talk to his customers and make their experience enjoyable. He did an excellent job. We ended up talking about writing in general, my writing, writing organizations (go James River Writers), and what his artistic hopes were. He had dabbled in writing science fiction, but was now interested in writing screenplays.

How convenient, James River Writers February Writing Show is featuring directors and screenplay writers from the Richmond International Film Festival. I told him all about it (btw, if you are in Richmond, the Writing Show is February 27th at 6pm at the Camel on Broad Street).

Why am I telling you all this? Simple, as authors we need to be able to talk about our projects, our artistic passions, and just everything writing to someone safe.  That person can be a stranger or a bosom buddy. Regardless, talking about our projects help us gauge reactions too and better our ability to pitch our work.

Fear is an acceptable emotion to have. Whatever your creative endeavor, you are hanging the child(ren) of your psyche out there naked as a jay-bird. Not really a comfortable place to be.

To be honest, there are days when I feel like I’m the Empress with brand new, haute couture clothing. Only to find out that the spotlight reveals the transparency of my bravado.  As a woman of a certain age (not seventeen as my 4-year-old nephew keeps saying), I need my clothing to be non transparent.

My challenge to you, is to talk writing to me and to everyone.  Talk about your ideas and projects, your hopes and dreams.  Reach for the stars, you deserve to make a dream or two come to fruition.



  • Thank you for writing this. I can’t even tell you how happy it made me to see someone else put out there that “fear” is not just normal, but acceptable. I am very new to this “writing” thing — I haven’t even really defined it — and I am second guessing myself every step of the way. I can’t seem to find a balance for myself and it really is comforting to know that it is “normal”.

    • You are welcome and I’m glad you stopped by. First rule of writing is get the story/characters/thoughts out of your head and on to the screen or paper. Write with abandon. The editing will come later. Second rule is keep writing. Third? Enjoy the process and find people you can trust to share your writing with. Find your local writing organization and participate. Seriously, you will find people you can share the writing journey with and they will be friends for life.

      The act of writing is maddening, invigorating, and rewarding. I look forward to following your journey.

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