I’m the type of person who would never have thought about joining a writing group. The idea was just not me. Before the creative writing course it would have been at the bottom of my list of things to do to help my writing.
But at the end of the course a few of us decided to keep in touch. We created a forum where we could post our work; let each other know about competitions and encourage each other to write. We’ve also managed a few Saturday morning gatherings to talk about all things writing.
The main benefit for me is being around people who understand the writing process. These people are going through the same issues, doubts and struggles to find time to write and to get work published. We all share the same end goal and the encouragement helps me focus on my work.
We’ve decided to publish an e-book of our work. A deadline of the end of September seemed great a few months ago, but it draws ever closer. It has helped me focus on my work and get into gear. I’ll be talking more details about the e-book once we’ve finalised them.
I’ve finished my two stories for the book: A short story called The Forbidden Room and a piece of Flash Fiction called Birthday Surprise. I’m looking forward to getting some of my stories out into the world and as a group we’ve encouraged each other to get the work ready.
Now we just need to decide on a cover, running order and what else we are putting into the book.
So from my experience, I’m really glad I joined the group. It’s made me feel more like a writer and the help and encouragement has certainly kept my focus on getting my work completed.
Thanks for reading.