A week or so ago I came across some information about a group of writing moms here in town. Their motto is to "meet, write, get published and make money". Well, sign me up for that! I've been thinking about the nutrition book that I started years ago, lost and never started again and this was a great opportunity to be "forced" to sit down and get it going again. Not only that, it was an opportunity to branch out and make friends outside of The Club - not that I don't like them, but it's always good to have friends in different places.
There was a writing assignment on a motherhood/parenting related topic and the members would read their pieces over coffee sans kids. Even though I write on here regularly about my experiences as a mom, it was a new challenge to sit down and focus on prompted writing. I was distracted by everything and anything; facebook, emails and other random places on the web. Hmm, no wonder why the book isn't anywhere close to being started, let alone finished. I have absolutely no self-discipline and I swear I have ADD to boot. Regardless, I was able to write like I normally do but in a different way and was excited to meet other like-minded women.
With the printed essay tucked away in my little purse, I drove to the coffee shop fighting the St. Patrick's Day parade traffic (and parking) the whole way there. After introducing myself and grabbing a latte, the small group (myself and two other women) got to know each other, discussed marketing and promotion for the group, how to reach our goal of getting published and then listened to each of our essays. I had a fabulous time and knew right away that I would be attending these meetings regularly.
Even if I never get published and don't make a dime, it's still totally worth it. Just the time to spend on writing, discussing our writing with each other and making new friends is payment enough.