Aspiring Delmarva Writers Meet for Inspiration, Comaraderie
Author Jim Ricca formed the Lower Delmarva Writers, Authors and Storytellers Group to encourage more aspiring writers to just sit down and start writing.
“Because everybody’s got a story,” said Ricca. “There’s no criticism here, there’s no ridicule. We don’t pick apart individual sentences or words.”
Every few weeks, the Salisbury-based group meets at a local restaurant to discuss projects either already completed or underway. On one recent Monday night, several writers shared with one another everything from poems to fiction and children’s stories.
Don Singleton co-founded the group with Ricca and is one of its more seasoned veterans. The retired journalism professor has written screenplays and novels, one of which he shared with his fellow members.
“This is what I call a television novel, which means it is full of violence and sex and murder,” said Singleton. “It’s the last one I will ever write like that.”
But most other group members have far different resumes and have worked in careers that had little to do with literature or writing.
Dave Hoffman is a retired scientist who remembers being interested as a young man in pursuing writing as a potential career. His father encouraged him to pursue the sciences instead, telling him there was little hope of earning a paycheck as a writer.
“But I always wanted to write,” Hoffman said.
Christy Manning was told the same thing. The administrative assistant has attended group meetings for awhile and rediscovered the passion she had for writing years ago.
“I think most writers will say it’s just something that’s inside of them and it never goes away,” Manning said.
But the key is taking the first step by sitting down and putting words on paper. For more information on when the Lower Delmarva Writers, Authors and Storytellers Group meets, go to: http://bit.ly/2kYf4Aq.