In my last blog post, I asked the question, “Does writing ever get easier?” In it, I shared some of the miseries and craziness that goes on in a writer’s head and/or life.
This time, I want to share one of the joys: Other writers.
On Monday I returned from the 14th annual brainstorming retreat that I have been a part of from the start. I have blogged before about how these brainstorming retreats work. (And please don’t confuse brainstorming with plotting. Although plotting comes out of it, they are not the same thing.) Anyway, I won’t repeat that info, even if it has changed a little since 2011.
Our group, by the way, is made up of Brandilyn Collins (our fabulous hostess), Tamera Alexander, Karen Ball, Gayle DeSalles, Sharon Dunn, Tricia Goyer, Robin Lee Hatcher, Sunni Jeffers, Francine Rivers, Sandy Shepherd, and Janet Ulbright. Most of us write fiction but not all.
This year seemed extra special. There was such a strong presence of the Lord throughout the five days. There was such peace, even in the members of our group who are going through seasons of pain and hardship and grief. Tricia Goyer wrote a beautiful, heart touching Facebook public update about what the other (older) women in our group have meant to her since she is the “youngster” in our midst.
Then Tricia and Tammy said, “Let’s do a Facebook Live.” Their phones wouldn’t cooperate, but my phone has done it before and so behaved. We laughed, we teased Francine Rivers, eventually others joined us on camera. Want to see how goofy we can be? Well, take a few minutes and watch us.
I guess the gist of this post is that I would not care to walk this writing journey without these women. We love the Lord. Every one in the group has a generous, creative spirit. We are together via email throughout the year. We pray for each other all the time. God knit something wonderful together in 2003 at our first retreat, and it’s just grown better and better every year since.
And now, here is a peek at our retreat:
Now, back to my revisions. The book they all brainstormed for me will have to wait until I fix the current one.