Octoberfest Fredericksburg

This past weekend, Nimue and I attended Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, TX for the sixth straight year. It’s a fun, laid-back weekend full of traditional German music and dancing, food and, of course, beer. Sounds like a recipe for a good time, right?

It was amazing! (Full disclosure: I wrote this ahead of time and scheduled it to publish today. Based on previous years and the friends joining us this year, I feel confident that we did, in fact, have a wonderful time. If not, I’ll follow-up with an appropriate retraction.)

“Um, great,” you say. “But what does this have to do with writing?”

I’m so glad you asked.

One of the important things about writing I’ve learned is this: to be a good writer, there need to be times when you step away from the keyboard and embrace life. Go to a local festival. Read a book. Have a good meal. Live.

Yes, writing is a discipline. You can’t expect to be good at it if you don’t do it often. But, you can’t expect to say much of anything meaningful if you aren’t sucking the marrow out of life, yourself.

Make the time to create memories. Be spontaneous and adventurous, on and off the page. And if your adventures happen to include beer, even better.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

2 Responses to oktoberfest

  1. diannegray says:

    Beer always makes the day refreshing! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

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