I am supposedly the most experienced writer on the block so everyone looks to me for wisdom and direction. (No pressure.) I always lead the meeting and I never mind doing so. Sometimes I fear I don't know enough but the graciousness and eagerness of our wonderful crew (as motley as we are) to learn, spurs me on.
Janet struggled with confidence (read her story here; she wrote the feature online article for this month's Fellowscript - http://www.inscribe.org/fellowscript/feature-article-online/ ) Yet she brims with talent. Our goal has been to help her realize the beauty of her words. She has made connections and is touching hearts and souls all over the country with her words via her blog http://anotherporch.blogspot.ca/ .
Shayne entered a song-writing contest a month ago and some of us had the privilege of listening to him sing and perform his musical 'entry'. Deservedly, he made it to the second round. Even if he gets no further (but we are convinced he will) he has done his writing group family proud. We can't wait for next time.
Heather talked tonight about her newspaper story that she had published. Her missionary heart brims with stories. We know that soon she will gather these wonderful experiences and share them to God's glory.
Bev was reluctant at first to read her work, but once she started, there was no stopping her. She showed her vulnerable side and was determined that others who share a similar past could be her target audience. Because of Bev's passion and compassionate heart, we think this just might happen.
Some of our members were absent this evening. Oh how we miss them. Our evening was still fun and encouraging but we sure miss the input and unique points of view!
There's just something spectacularly spectacular about getting together once a month with like-minded souls. It's good to celebrate God's gifts and to help each other realize and recognize the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about writing. I might be the leader, but I really think I am the one who learns the most. I love my writer friends.