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The Write Stuff Club

First of all, I can’t believe I haven’t written in this blog for so long!!

Secondly, since I last wrote in this blog, my school has started a creative writing club and I am one of the advisors for it! The best part is that just about every faculty member in our department is an advisor; that way we can spread the love around and no one faculty member is obligated to be at every single meeting or responsible for everything club related.

As a new club, we have a fairly low membership so far, but we are gaining recognition and membership with each passing day. In fact, just today, we had someone stop by to tell us he wants to be in the club! We are confident that our club will only continue to grow as more and more people find out we are even on campus

The first big thing that we did as a club was invite an author to our campus. Originally, we had thought we would have her come just to our club meeting, but the more we talked, the more we wanted her to come so anyone across campus  could come hear her speak. Angela Pisel came to our campus on Wednesday, January 25 and shared her writing process with a room full of folks eager to absorb any and everything Angela wanted to teach us!

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By the way, if you haven’t had a chance yet to read her book, it’s called With Love from the Inside and it is AMAZING!!!

Last November our club also participated in NaNoWriMo. Most everyone in our club who participated won–reached his/her 50,000 word goal.

As a writer myself, I am thrilled to my very soul that we have FINALLY gotten a creative writing club on campus. We have talked about it ever since I first started here more than seventeen years ago, but we’ve never done anything about it….until now!

Check us out! The Write Stuff Club

Will I or Won’t I?

When I read amazing books (see below for a short list of some of my favorites), I am in awe of the amazing ability to tell a story of each author in such wonderful books. I love a story that makes me weep or sob so hard that I can’t read the words on the page. Or a story that changes me forever. Or a story that makes me jump up and take some action. My favorite are the ones that make me laugh out loud or the ones with a sappy, yet beautiful love story. I also love a story based on real historical events–whether it be a work of fiction or non-fiction.

Such stories make me wonder if it is possible, if there is ANY way ever that I will even come close to publishing something I’ve written that anyone else would want to read. I love to write, so whether anyone read what I write or not, I’m going to keep writing. But I desperately want to write something that moves people the way some of these books have moved me.

But then I read a book that is so awful, I know, not even deep down, that I can write at least that well, if not a WHOLE LOT better!!! I like reading horrible books, too, because then I know there is at least one modicum of an iota chance that not only will I one publish something I’ve written, but that someone might actually read it–and like it!!!

One caveat I want to make clear: not every book that’s on my favorite–or non-favorite list has much of anything to do with grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Every single story that is on either list is because of the amazing–or not–storytelling. I can “forgive” terrible word choices and/or bad grammar, but I can’t forgive awful storytelling.

Some of the best books I’ve ever read:

  1. With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel (fiction)
  2. Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne (memoir)
  3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (historical fiction)
  4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (fiction)
  5. Everything written by Gayle Forman (fiction)
  6. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling (fiction)
  7. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (historical fiction)
  8. Everything by Alexandre Dumas (historical fiction)
  9. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (historical fiction)
  10. Frankenstein by Mary Wallstonecraft Shelley (fiction)
  11. My Lady Jane by The Lady Janies (sort-of historical fiction)

*and too many more to list here!!!! These are just some of my favorites.

Some the worst books I’ve ever read:

  1. Needful Things by Stephen King (fiction)
  2. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (fiction)
  3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith (fiction)
  4. Almost everything by Ernest Hemingway (mostly fiction)
  5. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (fiction)

*I simply don’t want to mention any more…ugh!!!

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