When Natalia got the brilliant idea to foster the love of writing in anyone willing to join her back in May, I was hooked. Her Write and Link, followed later by Rise and Write daily prompts, sparked some energy in me that has been hiding since college. She took a break this fall, but is back in January with the phrase, "Do you believe in magic?". My answer is , "Yes, I do!." There is a certain magic in turning a word, a phrase a thought, into a story or a poem, a song, or a novel, or movie script that pulls the audience to another place.
For me, the exercise has brought the writer to another place. A place where I'm not a wife, or a mother, friend, or employee. I'm a creative maverick, wielding my key board with the power of the virtual pen. I'm a friend of Earnest Hemingway, soaking up sun and writing inspiration in the Florida Keys. I'm sipping champagne with Zelda and F Scott at a Parisian cafe, arguing about prose. I'm a member of the Bloomsbury Group, just as smug and pretentious as they all must have been. I'm drinking bad coffee in a smoke filled room writing next to the likes of John Grisham or Tom Clancy. I get to call myself a published writer because Natalia, a bilingual writer with talent in either Russian or English, has opened her blog to host a link to my story.
If you've ever fancied a go at being a creative writer, I urge you to use the link above to pop over to Write and Link and give it a go. The numbers of participants dwindled over time, but it was great fun reading each others work.
For the record, here is my January 2016 Write and Link piece, The Belfry.