Hard to cri­tique own writ­ing

South Taranaki Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MAUREEN ARM­STRONG

The 10-minute ex­er­cise this month was to write a brief com­ment about our own writ­ing – ‘My writ­ing is good/ bad/in­dif­fer­ent be­cause…’

This is a dif­fi­cult ex­er­cise, be­cause we all want to think we are good writ­ers, but we don’t want to seem boast­ful. It is quite hard to be sub­jec­tive about your own work.

The Oc­to­ber project/home­work was ‘neigh­bour­hood sup­port’. We have all ex­pe­ri­enced neigh­bour­hood sup­port (or not) at dif­fer­ent lev­els, de­pend­ing whether we live ‘cheek-by-jowl’ in town, or far apart and dis­con­nected out in the back coun­try. Per­son­ally, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced both, I have found the neigh­bours in the coun­try to be less afraid of be­ing ac­cused of in­ter­fer­ing – in the coun­try peo­ple de­pend on each other much more in the var­i­ous crises that may arise.

The next meet­ing will be on Thurs­day Novem­ber 16 at mid­day.. Bring your lunch. As usual, this will be at the Strat­ford Com­mu­nity House, 52 Juliet Street, Strat­ford.

The sub­ject for Novem­ber is a story or poem con­tain­ing the words ‘sorry about that!’

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