For the second week in a row, I met some friends on Friday morning for an hour of silent writing in a local tea house. I call it a Write in Silence Hour, aka a WISH.
Okay, yeah, people have been doing this for centuries by other names. You might head to a cafe for a weekly “writing session” on your own, or you might meet friends for a “write and ignore” session, but your enjoyment of such outings has not been optimal because you’ve lacked an acronym. You need to make a WISH.
Set a weekly time and place, put the word out, and invite the world to make a WISH with you. Whether you take out your laptops to immerse yourself in works-in-progress or take out your journals to write poems on the spot, you’ll write for a solid hour in quietly encouraging company. (You won’t believe how fast it zips by.)
Don’t share your work at the end–it’s not a writing group meeting. It’s a WISH. You’ll need another acronym if you want to share your work.
If you have no friends to meet for coffee, that’s okay because when you’re WISHing, you can invite people you don’t even know or like because you don’t have to talk to them. It’s a writing in silence hour. Take ten minutes to catch up, sure, but then announce, “Okay, let’s begin.” At that point, everyone has to shut up. For an hour. While writing. No exceptions. (Just nod and smile at the waiter.) When the hour is up, wish each other well and go home.
There is something delicious about silence, especially in a group and in public. (It’s not really special at home alone, is it?) The location is important, though, so choose carefully. I’m blessed with a local tea shop (Serenithe) that has 150 kinds of tea on the menu so I can try a new blend every week with a delicious scone, which is, I admit, a big motivator for me and what I’m most looking forward to in my next WISH. (They serve their scones with English cream and a single perfect raspberry.)
I could establish an online WISH community, with registered time slots, writing suggestions, motivational blurbs and a bulletin board to share experiences, but it wouldn’t come with scones so no.
The acronym is just so catchy, I want it to catch on. Perhaps I should register WISH with the trademark folk?
But then I’d be like these guys:
But I encourage you to make a WISH with other writers. (Call it a WISH. It feels good.)
Start this week, keep at it, enjoy it, and your writing wishes might come true.