On Tuesday, May 11th, I was asked to speak to the Ventura County Writers Club in Thousand Oaks. My topic was ‘Finding the Time and Space to Harness your Creativity.’
I spoke a bit about every writer’s need to constantly be creative, how saying we ‘don’t have the time to write’ is an excuse for not having the motivation, and how a writer’s own personal space can help creativity flow. I also briefly discussed ways to help find inspiration, including reading favorite authors, using writing prompts, books on writing, a long walk, or listening in on a conversation or observing people, to name a few.
After my speech, author and educator Barbara Abercrombie was interviewed and spoke about “Courage and Craft: Writing your Life into Story.” I had first encountered Ms. Abercrombie during a memoir panel at UCLA Extension, and it was a pleasure hearing her speak about her accomplishments and how to turn pain and suffering into great writing. A lot of what she said is how I feel about my own writing – spinning life’s tragedy into story. However, since I have such a hard time sticking to fact and remembering specific occurrences, I prefer to take the ‘semi-fiction’ angle with my writing, while Ms. Abercrombie prefers the non-fiction approach.
All in all, it was a very successful evening, and I’m excited to return tomorrow, May 18th, to hear literary agent and former publisher, Toni Lopopolo speak about “The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelists Make”
Meetings for the Ventura County Writers Club are held monthly at 7pm inside the Borders located at 123 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
For future speaking engagements, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time,
The Accidental Blogger