Evening Out

When Nancy, my good friend and writing buddy, had two plays selected for an evening of ten one-acts, virtually our whole writing group turned out to support her. We all squeezed into her car and set off in search of entertainment — and we definitely found it!

Nancy’s plays, one light-hearted and one serious, were great to see up on a stage; they were sharp and polished. So were several other entries. One was a witty, slapstick family comedy; another a farce that had one writer bumping off another and then dedicating a stolen work to him. They were written by and starred the students, alums, staff, and faculty of a local county college.

The kids performing were having a great time and brought lots of sparkly energy to the stage — and there was real talent shining through their performances. The playwrights weren’t afraid to tackle huge themes in 10-minute bites: Alzheimer’s, Nazi Germany, and family betrayal, to name a few.

Watching the plays, I was struck by the encouraging idea that whatever else is happening in the world, there are people everywhere who love words and have a yearning to share them. And there’s just so much raw talent out there, just waiting to blossom.

After the plays, we all piled back into Nancy’s car and headed to a local restaurant. There, over wine, beer, and garlic shrimp, we talked about our projects, plays we had seen, and books we were reading. We raised a glass to Nancy and toasted her success.

Heading home, we talked more about books and movies we loved and made up a mock list of writers we wouldn’t accept into our writing group. It was a fun, festive Friday evening filled with laughter. All this sparked two thoughts: it’s really important to find writing buddies who share your love of words and once you find them, to stick together and celebrate each other’s progress. Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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