Writing poetry was the drawcard for the group who attended a workshop on ‘Kickstarting the Muse’ yesterday at the Writers’ Block at Hagley College. Frankie McMillan and Kerrin Sharpe spoke of how they gain inspiration and create their poems, and led us through a couple of exercises. They recommended Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages” as being a good way to tap into the subconscious, and that walking suits writing. Writing in McDonald’s on a Sunday morning means you can overhear snippets of conversation which might be useful, because “good writers are magpies”. Writing is hard work, especially as you learn more about it. It’s also enjoyable because you are so focussed. If you want to be published you need to write heaps, then select the best, and have a thick skin to cope with the rejection.
I enjoyed chatting to other (would-be) writers. This workshop seemed to me to be a taster for the Hagley Writers’ Course. I would love to write (and read) more, but it all takes time. Some day I hope to be able to give more time to writing. Meanwhile I’m enjoying my fortnightly women’s poetry group, my blogging with couplets, and occasional workshops like this one.
“To be a writer takes hard slog
and more than the occasional blog.”