Welcome to SUaW Pitt Meadows Edition!
Thank you for joining us today on our mission to increase writing productivity and push through any blocks along the way. Shut Up and Write is a free proprietary method and system developed by writers for writers. As an introduction to the method (which may be new for a lot of you), I've included... their introduction. I've also put up a Writing Prompt, in case you want that extra bit of inspiration, and an inspirational piece from Sophy Burnham's book For Writers Only.
Enjoy, and see you there!
"The scent of coffee. Warm hands folding over frigid fingers.
A dark wooden table. Sunlight warming her skin."
Introduction to Shut Up and Write
"Writing is hard.
A blank page can be one of the scariest things in the world. You know what you like to read and you know what you want your writing to be. But, when you sit down to commit words to the page, you find yourself typing out a homely caricature of your idea.
Every writer has been there, and for most of us, the problem never goes away completely. That's just the nature of writing a rough draft. It's messy, it's ugly, and with the wrong attitude, it can be downright demoralizing. The only solution is to change your expectations and learn to love the mess.
We started Shut Up and Write! in 2007 to create a social, supportive place where we could help each other through this turbulent stage of the writing process. Since the, we've grown into an international community of writers who have committed to nurturing a simple habit—to meet for one hour each week and make progress on our writing goals.”
Shut Up and Write Method Introduction
This first writing inspiration minute comes from Sophy Burnham's For Writers Only. If you have a writing inspiration you'd like to share with the group, please contact me and I'll put it in the rotation. We have such a wealth of experience and wonder in the BC & Yukon Region of The Writers' Union of Canada, I'd love to hear what you all have to say.
"To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men - that is genius."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Not long ago, a friend from California came to visit. He is a professional writer and the author of seven books. He had just finished his latest, a long and exhaustive memoir on which he had spent eight years and thousands of dollars in therapy. It was to be published the following year. We sat in the summer garden. He was sunk in apathy and despair..
"What is it about writing?" he asked, striking his forehead with the flat of his hand. "Why is it so awful? It's no way to live! Why do we do it?"
And then he leapt to his feet to walk unhappily around his chair. "Look at writers. I don't know a single writer who doesn't hate his work. Writers hate writing. They're always talking about how hard it is. Artists don't hate painting. You never hear an artist talking about how much he hates his work. Sculptors don't complain all the time about how hard they find sculpting. But writers...!"
A few weeks later I had occasion to ask an artist if she agreed. Do artists hate their work? She looked at me, amused.
"You're forgetting something," she said.
"Writing is so powerful. People rarely look at a painting and weep.""
(For Writers Only, page 1 & 3)
Let's take these weekly sessions to remember the joy of writing. The passion and fortitude of our brethren, who put ink to page and black scratches on blank document screens. We can and will succeed. We can and will create beautiful, poetic, refined works of literature.
One week at a time, we can Shut Up and Write.