Go Outside!


This tree was only six feet tall when we planted it.

I think being part of a timed writing group gives its members a unique advantage. We come together on a regular basis, but rarely critique. We don’t talk about technique. When we’re together, we talk about ourselves. We have this gorgeous opportunity to learn from and connect with each other. Everyone who joins us each week makes us stronger, wiser, and closer to truth on a very personal level.
And it happens completely by accident!
Writing is solitary, and it matters. Coming together in a group — taking action — matters just as much. Writing groups are a great place to make friends, but each of us could do so much more. Make new friends! Gain new experiences! Spark and inspire people by giving them permission to chase their dreams too. Does your writing take a stand? Support those activists or become one yourself. Supplement your intellectual rigor with something physical — plant a garden. Bake a cake. Build a house. Have amazing sex.
Remember when you first started, and were just peeping out of your shell? Do you realize that you’ve exploded into multicolored brilliance? You’ve been honing yourself all this time by questioning and pursuing answers. Every conflict and character has brought you a piece of truth, and YOU have the chance to share that with others. Well-developed intellect demands well-applied action. YOU have something to offer. Your writing is a marvel. Go out and be marvelous.
Change is the order of heaven and earth; the sword and the pen are as inseparable as two wheels of a cart.  Thus, a man must encompass both fields if he is to be considered a man of accomplishment.”
– Gichin Funakoshi
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” 
― Leonardo da Vinci


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