Going on the truth that writing is a gift, then this is the perfect season to give the gift of words. There are so many authors that share their gift and too few get to read them. My writing group, a small local group averaging 6-8 writers per week, share their stories derived by prompts. On the average, we share two ten minute short stories and get one extra prompt to write over the week. I have experienced such joy over the creative responses and shared experiences these talented writers offer. Some are published and some write for the fun of it. Every one of them have enough talent for the world to see, hear, and absorb. Gifts from the heart. We encourage each other and laugh a lot. During the summer we met outside and now meet on zoom. Although we're given one prompt at a time, the results are as different as we are.
I also belong to two critique groups (online) and experience a wide variety of talent and endless creativity in the many genres. The mediators of these groups are to be given much praise for all the work they do to keep these gifts coming. The idea here is to encourage all writers, no matter the stage they're at, to hone their skills, praise their work, and encourage them to keep on giving. Gifts come in all sizes and genres.
Inde authors, I am one myself, have the obligation to self-promote and target readers. Social media is a big help but also a constant struggle. On twitter I like to pick books to read and review. That is the readers chance to re-gift. In turn, I hope someone will pick up one of my books to read and review. FB has many groups that accept self-promotion from their members. A catchy phrase or some creative posts can assist you in sharing your gifts. Audiobooks are also a great way to add dimension to your gift and repackage it to a whole new audience.
Who knows where the inspiration to write evolves? To take a story beyond a journal or diary, perhaps, or the desire to fill a creative gap in a life that somehow was shoved aside. A childhood inspiration or a long sought struggle? Whatever the reason the need is fulfilled and the result is a gift for all to share.
Shirley Nomakeo received a B.S. Degree in Graphic Design from Rivier College.