Inside of birch log decomposed
Writing From Nature has ended after a beautiful weekend on Squam Lake. Our group found new routes on and under Rattlesnake Mountain, wandered through fields and the forest, sat on the water, collected pine cones, wood, fern and other plants, photos of plants growing out of old logs, spiders resting, and sun-bleached branches. We told narratives about ourselves with Mark Kramer as our guide. We met and chatted with visiting writer Howard Mansfield, author of The Bones of the Earth and many other books about the New England landscape, and more.
Mainly we reinforced the great truth: writers write regardless of what other people think or say, regardless of whether it goes well or badly or in beween. Committing to writing changes us. And we came back with notebooks full of observations and ideas for new projects.