I had the best time this past Saturday.
Several months ago, I accepted an invitation via Facebook from Randall Arthur.
Randall is a best-selling author, and someone I much admire. He was thinking about hosting an online workshop about writing and made a post on his Facebook page to gauge the interest of his fans.
I responded immediately and was excited when I received a private message from Randall, inviting me to join his workshop.
For most of my Saturday, another writer and I gleaned from Randall's knowledge, skill, and craft of writing. It was fun seeing how his mind worked when it came to writing and especially storytelling. I don't think there is another person alive who can conceive or tell a story like Randall Arthur.
I briskly took notes using my iPad Pro. Time seemed to go by so fast, but after the workshop, I realized I had taken notes for almost 5 hours.
The workshop began at 9:30 on Saturday morning. I logged in early in anticipation.
Then it started.
Randy introduced himself. For some reason, I am not sure why, but he didn't look like I thought he would look. I don't know what I expected, but it dawned on me that I had never seen a picture of him. I quickly paged through a few of his books on my desk to see if there were any pictures of him. There were not. I thought that was interesting. I later learned why when he told his story — a topic for another time.
Anyway, Randy was very warm, friendly, caring, and engaging. He had a magnetic smile, and though I never met him it felt like I was meeting with a long-time friend.
I loved his introduction to the workshop.
He pointed to his cap and said, "Do you see what it says?"
I looked and saw only one word --- Shakespeare.
He said, "Shakespeare was an ordinary human being who learned to write well."
He said, "This is a reminder that every outstanding writer is simply an ordinary person who honed his craft. True with John Grisham, Pat Conroy, Ken Follett, and so on."
That stuck with me.
It was like therapy for me, listening to Randy talk.
He was really saying you have permission to write well, to create your own destiny.
Randy shared his own story, a story of failure, rejection, challenges, more failure, personal growth, and success.
I learned so much from him --- from story development to writing process, mechanics, unfolding scenes, characters, plots, storylines, twists, marketing, publishing, and even actual writing exercises.
When it was all said and done, it was an emotional moment for me. I actually had tears in my eyes as the workshop ended. I felt hope and exhilaration. I came away from the workshop with a vision for writing my own novel, something I started immediately after that meeting.
If you get a chance to attend Randy's workshop, I highly recommend it. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I would rate it a 100!
If you haven't read any of Randall Arthur's books, I highly recommend them all. I have personally given away dozens of his books over the years to friends and acquaintances. I would start with Wisdom Hunter. It's a classic. I promise you it is hard to put down once you start reading.
Thank you Randall Arthur. You made a difference for me.
Jeff's Must Reads
Wisdom Hunter - by Randall Arthur, Wisdom Hunter is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a book that will transform your life and challenge your perceptions of how you see things in life. It is mesmerizing, riveting, thought-provoking, and inspiring. I have read this book several times, and it never gets boring. I highly recommend it.
A Quiet Roar - by Randall Arthur, I couldn’t put this book down! Like Wisdom Hunter, I believe this book will become a classic. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is very thought-provoking and made me re-evaluate how I look at many issues in life. I highly recommend this book --- and all Randall Arthur’s books.
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