#IWSG – Write-ins are fun (and essential)

My little contribution to the Insecure Writer’s Group this month is a commentary on a write-in I went to today.

The Busan Writing Group met today, and we all wrote away together. One member supplied the prompt from a workshop he had attended in the past:

I don’t know why I remember {something}, but …

We all agreed to start our works with this line or a slight variation. We gave ourselves a limit of 1 hour and 1000 words.

What came out?

One member devised two poems from the line. Another wrote two whole pieces, each around 1000 words. I managed one, terrible work, of around 650 words. Maybe it just seemed to me that mine was really bad – the other works all sounded much better!

I asked if the other members had MFAs or other similar degrees. No one did, yet. What was the difference? They practice. They write. Every day. I write often, but every day? No, I can’t claim that – and I think it shows as my concepts that develop as I write are far bigger than my writing skill can handle. I need more experience writing to both a) know what ideas I can work with in a certain word limit and b) know writing tricks to handle the big concepts in my head.

I think everyone at the write-in got something out of it. The time-limit, and the kinship of knowing that your peers are writing alongside you is just invaluable. I’m not sure the feeling can be adequately recreated online – I felt far more motivated to write than I’ve ever felt in any online group.

So my questions for the IWSG are:

What are your experiences with write-ins?

Have you ever tried an online “write-in”?

Do you also find that meeting in person motivates you more strongly than meeting and writing online?

4 comments on “#IWSG – Write-ins are fun (and essential)

  1. I’ve never participated in a write-in by that name, but I’ve done writer’s workshops where everyone in the room writes for a certain amount of time on a given topic. I’m definitely more energized to write after one of these in-person meetings than I am after, say, an online meeting with my writer’s group. There’s just something about that face-to-face working and sharing of ideas together that is truly inspiring.

  2. I used to attend a weekly writing group where we wrote for five minutes or so to a word or picture prompt. It always amazed me to see the different things people came up with based on the same prompt. I usually came away from those sessions with lots of ideas and potential scenes and story ideas.

    Keep working on your writing! 🙂

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

  3. emaginette says:

    l don’t have any experience with write-ins. But I get what you mean about writing everyday. If don’t write, I read about how to write or revise. You don’t have to go to school to learn. 🙂

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  4. birgit says:

    I think some people are faster than others. Artists-some can write so many stories or paint so quickly and it is brilliant but in the 3 or 4 stories they write or paint, another may do just one. It depends on the person so don’t sell yourself short. I have never done write-ins because …um….I create cards:) I have seen people create 3 beautiful cards in one seating and I have only done 1 and then the self-doubt comes in which is never good. Enjoy your writing for your own sake

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