The Meetup name caught my attention: Lancaster Writes Now! A monthly gathering of writers at The Candy Factory, a co-working space, located three minutes from my new home.
On the day after I moved to town! I had to check it out …
I mingled with other writers, heard their stories, drank wine, ate pretzels. I’m learning that in Lancaster there are always pretzels, which suits me just fine.
Then at 7 pm, we were asked to settle into our workspace and start writing.
For one hour.
The room was silent, save for the tapping of keys and the scratching of pens. I left my laptop at home, deciding I’d write more freely by hand.
Sixty minutes later, I was astonished. I’d written ten pages. Of the variety of what Anne Lamott used to call a sh–ty first draft but now calls a terrible first draft.
One hour was all it took. One hour without checking email, surfing Facebook, getting up to move the laundry into the dryer.
I just did it!
Next step for me: Find a way to “just do it” more than one hour a month.
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