The Writing Race

For the past month, I have been taking part in a one hour writing race on a Wednesday night. I have found these races quite inspirational. When I sit down, I know there is a group of us all writing away … and I feel like I am part of a community.

The race also seems to kick-start my muse. I don’t aim for speed at these events, but to write continuously for an hour without any reference to my internal editor. The results often surprise me. I thought I would write a great deal of rubbish, which turned out to be wrong. I have found I tend to take more risks. It seems to sharpen my ear for dialogue. My own urgency seems to be transmitted to the page.

I am very sorry I didn’t join these races sooner.

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