The words "writing group" appear to elicit many different forms of response from individuals. Many, wrongly assume that you must be a seasoned writer with a back pocket of novels and published works. Others that you must be an intellectual, educated to degree standard, and well versed in all forms of writing.
Of course, the above is not true. Therefore, as a member of a writing group, I was keen, to show rather than tell and inspire oppose to dissuade. Hence, the event - The Motherhood Balance - how writing feeds and frees.
Fortunately, the evening did not disappoint despite being the coldest and wettest of the year. Guest speaker, Donna Coulling, shared, engaged and inspired all. Accompanied by her infectious laugh. The group discussed, small commitments, big rewards and celebrating achievements, however minor they may seem. For, as a society, we tend to focus on the big wins and neglect the small goals.
The evening featured writers of all forms; bloggers, novel writers, comic book and children's and drinks and conversation flowed washing away any misconceptions. The group were persuaded to recognise that as Mum's we are busy and should not feel guilty for taking time for ourselves, to write, or not.
In the short term that we shared the space, we gained a great deal - if only by a small investment of time for ourselves as well as the beginning of a literary journey. Friendships made, support offered and shared. As well as a unanimous agreement that as mum’s we should all be kind to ourselves and support one another. We, too, must never self-edit, life or writing before it has even started.
For, to be the best for our families, we have to be true to ourselves. Procrastination is our enemy, hence the importance of a scheduled meeting, once a month supported by fellow members and friends.
As the evening came to an end and audience members, exchanged promises to return to writing or begin. The group agreed on one common theme; women rock!
Every one of us should be proud of how we balance motherhood and life’s challenges.