Posted by Mardi Jo Link in books, The Powerfingers, writers, writers groups, writing on April 30, 2015
Are headlines supposed to have punctuation marks at the end of them?
Especially when they’re only two words long like this one is?
I think that period plunking itself down up there with intention adds a bit of boldness and authority. Two qualities my beloved writing group has surely earned.
From left: That’s Teresa Scollon, Anne-Marie Oomen, me, Cari Noga, and Heather Schumaker.
And once a month you’ll find us in the cafe at Oleson’s Grocery Store, sharing our work with each other and saying things like, “I’m longing for dates or a sense of time-span here,” or “This is a key point and insight into your character that you don’t take full advantage of.”
We do meet in person, but have to spend a lot of email bandwidth every month trying to find a free night in common. Here’s why:
Me? I’ve got a new memoir dropping like a drone over Pontaganossing Bay on July 14.
That’s all just to say, we’re pretty busy.
And yet we still make time to meet monthly, to engage with each others’ often still-raw work, then return a month later with revisions, with polish, with questions and challenges.
We met just last night, and I showed up with a personal essay I’d been working on that I thought was pretty close to completion. They agreed.
Except for the boring lead, the rambling middle, and the lack of anything to anchor the piece in time.
See what I mean? Bold, they are, and they offer advice with authority.
So, it’s back to revisions for me.