My Writing Journey, #2

The Poetry Writing class ended in April. That month always celebrates poetry reading and writing. We talked about posting a display of our work at the local library, but that didn’t happen. It did indicate that we were looking forward together.

On the last class day, we all agreed to continue meeting in our homes. Monthly seemed to be a small commitment compared to our weekly class. We wanted to continue writing and workshopping our poems. I knew it would motivate me to keep writing. I needed that.

We decided to alternate meeting in each other’s home. Since it was an evening meeting, we shared a meal and then shared our poems, discussing possible ideas for revision. We kept moving around and writing.

We eventually named our group The Great Rift Writers, after the Great Volcanic Rift in our local region of Southeastern Idaho. We continued meeting for about five years. We kept losing members as they moved from the region, but we did promote poetry in our area. I worked for Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and arranged an Open Mic Night once a month at the store. Members of the community were invited to read their works.

We added a few new writers to the group, but not enough to keep it going. One of my best friends today from that group is still writing and publishing his poems. I kept writing after leaving the group. I finally published my collection of poems this year after twenty-five years, Writing in Sand. It’s available now on Amazon. The hefty poetry tome ended up being 412 pages.

It took a couple years to find most of my poems–many from near-dead computer hard drives in my basement. I have to give credit to the Great Rift Writers for keeping me going early on a creative path that I’m still traveling. It’s hard to do anything alone initially.

How did you start writing consistently? What influenced your writing life? What motivated you to write? I’d love to hear from you. I’d like to hear from writers of other genres. Let’s promote writing together. This small space could influence a community of future writers.

#learningtowrite #poetry #writingcommunity

Authors of the Flathead

I was excited to find out today that my book of collected poems, Writing in Sand, is featured as a new book to be purchased on Writers of the Flathead website.

When I went to their Writers Conference in 2019, I spoke to one of the organizers of the event. She inspired me to publish my collected works into a book. She planted the idea seeds of Where and How, and I left that Conference with an actionable goal to finally get my book out to the public.

It took me nearly a year and a half to gather all my work of the last twenty five years into a single place and to re-write each poem. I found printed pages of my poems from my active years with the Great Rift Writers of eastern Idaho. I searched hard drives of three old computers, and I also found folders of my writing in my Dropbox online account. I started using the cloud storage account about fifteen years ago. It was most helpful because all my folders were labeled with dates.

If you’re looking for something new to read, I recommend looking through the titles of these Indie Authors. It’s always good to support local authors of the northwest USA.

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