Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Writer Girls Go Wild

Early morning at Wampler's Lake
It's the annual brainstorming weekend for the Maumee Valley Romance Authors Inc. A dozen or so of us rent a holiday house on Wampler's Lake in Michigan and spend 3-4 days together plotting and analyzing stories, discussing all aspects of writing and the publishing industry, catching up on each other's personal lives, and doing pretty much what we all did years ago at teenage slumber parties: making up outrageous stories, laughing uncontrollably, and eating and drinking everything in sight. Each year has a different code word that will set us off every time it's mentioned. This year it's merkin. Don't even ask!

So far this year, we've helped Harlequin Superromance author Kristina Knight plot her next story, as well as Rue Allyn. Today we're focusing more on brainstorming (as opposed to the wild partying) and having a brief organizational meeting.

Every year, we all bring carloads of food and vow that next year we'll remember not to bring so much next year.

In the end, we all leave well-fed and champing at the bit to get going on our writing projects, in spite of the obstacles that Life throws at us when we return to our busy, everyday lives.

If you're a member of a writing group, does your group ever do weekends like this? If not, think about it. Renting the house costs us ±$50 apiece, plus whatever food and beverages we bring. A fraction of what I paid for RWA in New York City.

If you're not a member, what do you do to keep the writing spark alive? I noticed last night at the campfire that a piece of wood that falls too far outside the flames might catch fire for awhile, but eventually burns out. Getting together occasionally with author pals keeps the sparks flying even at those times when Life attempts to douse the embers.


Tina Donahue said...

Sounds like fun. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Never had a group like that, but have a great critique partner I couldn't do without.