My friend Jill and I had our Write your story workshop this past Saturday and it went supremely well!!
After all of our time and effort putting together the hand-outs, the presentation, the food and the venue, we were excited and nervous to start. While the four attendants got settled in with coffee and donuts, Jill and I went out on the front porch of the Old Town Hall and did the Stretch. That helped get us centered and ready to start the presentation.
Once we got inside and started talking, our nerves seemed to settle a bit. During my introduction, I admitted to the class “I’m feeling pretty nervous about doing this workshop simply because I’ve never done it before. You see, I want to be brilliant. I want this class to be totally filled with inspiration and so much awesome stuff that you’ll go home and immediately start writing. That’s a lot of pressure to put on myself and it scares the crap out of me to think I might fail. But if I focus on that fear, then I’ll miss out on the energy behind why we’re doing this class in the first place. If you don’t get anything else from this workshop today, make sure you get this….Don’t worry about being brilliant, creative or inspirational. Just focus on sharing your gift for it’s own sake. Don’t over think, just write. Don’t think, just write.”
And the rest of the day went supremely well!!
Thanks to Jill Stodola, whose color commentary made the whole workshop shine. And thanks to Patty, Gerriann, Pam & Shirlet for sharing their energy and enthusiasm! It was an absolute pleasure spending time with them all and I’m looking forward to our writer’s group to start up in September. Thanks also to Mark Kelly of MPK Photo who came in and took tons of pictures and video to help us market this class when we do it again the end of January. And Thanks especially to my I.T. guy, Darling husband Blake who set up the computer, projector and stereo so well that everything went smoothly all day. And Wonderful son, Garrett who helped put out the tables and chairs. I have been blessed.
I hope whatever your working on goes well, my friendly blog reader.
Remember, don’t worry about trying to be brilliant, just share your gift for it’s own sake.
p.s. Here’s a video I showed during the presentation titled “So you want to be a writer? That’s a Terrible idea!” by Nathan Gunter. Enjoy!