Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January 2013 -- Connect Yourself to your Reader

Hey Everyone:

This is my first blog post as co-coordinator with Rene.

I am honored to have the position now. And a bit daunted.

It’s more to take on than I thought – of course! I always do this…

But as a wise person once said to me:

“We are much wiser and greater than we think we are.”

Imagine your higher self-floating over you, capable of doing anything and everything, if just given the time . . . and the space . . .and  . . .what else . . . ah, yes, belief.

I’m not talking about anything religious (that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.)

I am talkin’ about MAGIC and FAITH in MAGIC AND MIRACLES.

Kids love this stuff – they love reading books about this stuff too – need I mention Harry Potter.

But what does all this have to do with the first meeting of the Hollywood Schmooze of 2013? January’s Topic was on Connecting Emotionally with your Reader, ei. Emotional Writing. I would say that all writing that is good is emotional – even non-fiction must push some emotional buttons. Feelings connect us and keep us interested.

Rene presented a great writing exercise – to write about the moment that a child learns that Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy or some other mythical belief is NOT true. Wow! I wish I didn’t have to coordinate and could just participate. I could write a whole story on this – with this moment as the turning point.

Next, I led an exercise on accessing a scene from a painful childhood memory. A few people shared theirs – after sketching the scene or an object from the scene, as a way to remember it.

Everyone seemed to get a lot out of the evening!

See you next month for writing tools and tricks.

The Hollywood Schmooze meets the 3rd Thursday of the month.

At Rhonda Hayter’s home at 1238 Meadowbrooke Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Call it Hollywood!


  1. Great job. Congratulations on your first coordinator post. I did write a story about a chlid asking his mom about Santa. The LA Times was considering it and then decided it was too touchy a subject.
    I'll go back to it someday.

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  3. What an amazing sounding night. I love the Hollywood Schmooze. :) Great job, Rene and Deborah--and congrats again, Deborah, on stepping up as Co-Coordinator! Here's to 2013!

  4. Thank you, guys, for your positive comments! The next post is going up now!