They say that writing is a lonely occupation. Not wrong are they?
There are times in your writing life that you need to sit and talk with other writers. Like anything you’re interested in, you talk to your friends or your family. People who share a passion for the same things as you are going to want to talk about it. Help you through the tough times and the doubts.
A writing group should be the same. Providing you can get into one that suits your needs then it can be a wonderful experience and one to help inspire you to keep writing.
I’ve mentioned before about the Steel City Writers. We studied the same Open University course and met through that both on-line forums and a couple of tutorials. A few of us have kept in touch and we meet up every couple of months. We even published a FREE anthology of our work: Just Get It Out There.
Our group is more about helping each other with encouragement and advice. We spur each other on to keep writing. I know some groups are more about taking your work along and reading or critiquing at the meetings. I don’t think I would like that to be honest. I just want to be able to talk about writing with people who are experiencing the same doubts and pressures against their time.
I’d feel self-conscious about reading my work to others even though I’m happy now to let people read my stuff and pass comment. In a concentrated form I think that might stress me out too much.
I know when I’m feeling doubt and finding my writing a slow progress, a meeting of the group keeps me going for the next few weeks.
Do you belong to a Writing Group? What are your experiences?
This is my W post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. A list of all my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts are to be found here.
Today’s photographs are of Warwick Castle. Shocked? I could have gone for Whitby, but I’ve done the coastal theme enough for this challenge.