Writing, like exercise, is something many of us want to do more regularly. Just as we hope exercising will improve our fitness, we hope writing will improve our communication skills. Exercise also has less tangible benefits like improved mood and increased energy. Writing, too, can nourish our spirits and expand our life’s beauty.
A person could even adopt the same types of motivational strategies to both writing and exercise: start gradually, do a little bit each day, choose a format that is fun for you…
Interestingly, the strategy that many people find most helpful when starting an exercise routine – exercise with a friend – applies to writing particularly well. That’s why I propose that we start our own Writers’ Circle here at Writing Power.
Why start a Writers’ Circle? As I have said before, writers write. To work on your writing – indeed, to be a writer – all you have to do is write. But as with many things in our busy lives, it can be difficult to find the time to dedicate to writing. Without some accountability, it’s easy to defer writing projects (and defer them, and defer them…). Our Writers’ Circle will, I hope, give you some incentive to work on that writing.
Getting feedback from others is an indispensable part of the writing process. Writing Power’s readers are a wonderfully thoughtful, intellectually vibrant group of people. Who better to cheer you on as you write?
What do you need to do to join the Writers’ Circle? It’s simple. You just introduce yourself in the comments and explain how you would like to improve your writing and what writing projects you’re working on. As other people post their project descriptions, feel free to read and comment on them.
I’ll go first. I am writing an article for a scholarly journal on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English poet John Donne. I have done some invention, planning, and drafting, but I have recently stopped writing to collect more research. Now that I have a good bit more research, I am ready to refine my argument (I hope!).
As each of us works on our writing, we’ll be able to share successes and frustrations with the circle. The sky’s the limit. I can’t wait to hear what you all are working on!
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