I stumbled on to your website after running a Google search for writing. I wasn't entirely sure what regarding "writing" I wanted, besides some HELP. What I found on your site was just—WOW. I had asked for a drink of water and I got a flood!
I read EVERYTHING. Then, I jumped on to Amazon.com to buy your book. I've read other books on writing, and they all have their good qualities. One mantra that was consistent across texts was "just keep writing, keep at it, and keep going." Just keep writing? I would think. But I'm FRUSTRATED with it! It's not FUN. It has become WORK, which is not something I want to do in my spare time. You know, none of them said that it could be fun. But YOU DID. And you gave me the tools to play.
Milli, your prompts are GREAT! I can sit down with them, and I know before I even start that I can have fun with it. I get my pen, get my paper, get my prompt, and get creative because I'm not taking myself or my writing so seriously. Because, really, with a prompt like "Waiter, There's a Gremlin in My Soup" how can you help but get started with a smile?
I never really thought of fear as being an energy that could be used to propel my writing. I always saw it as an obstacle, never a tool. I LOVE the idea of using my fear for something other than self loathing.
Most importantly, though, you've helped me reconstruct my sanctuary. It really is so important to have that safe and secure place to write. And it starts with HAVING FUN. You've given me my two chairs and blanket, now I'm building my own little writer's clubhouse. So, again, THANK YOU!
** Milli Thorton is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is lead workshop presenter for the Fear of Writing Clinic and her e-book, Become a Workshop Presenter, won first place in the e-book category in the 2004 DIY Festival. Milli runs local writing circles based on the 112 writing prompts in her book—known as the Fertile Material—and her mission is to put the fun back into writing.
She is also lead Course Presenter for the Online Course based on her book.
You can visit Milli's website at www.fearofwriting.com