Today we had another meeting of the Steel City Writers.
I’ve had a few discussions about writing groups recently. Some have had positive experiences and loved them. Others have struggled to cope with the rigid rules set out in their group and hated the experience and left.
Let me tell you about our group. We don’t bring along our work, read it out and let the others critique it. When we put together our e-book we did post our Flash Fiction on to our forum and offered our opinions on the stories. At the meetings, we don’t do bring our work.
We are more the type to get together and talk about writing. We are their to help each other, to encourage each other and try to make sure each of us is able to find what we want from our writing.
Each writing group gets to decide what they want from the meetings. What is good for us is not necessarily good for every group. Some might think that there is no point to meeting and not bringing some work to critique. That is the beauty of being part of a group. You get to decide what you want to do.
I think if we did bring our work to the meetings I wouldn’t want to go to them. It’s not that I don’t want the others to read my work or offer advice on my writing. That’s not what I want to get out of the meetings.
After today, I feel inspired to write again. I’ve written for the first time in a couple of weeks. I’ve downloaded a couple of books that we talked about and I had the idea for short story collection.
I scribbled a number of thoughts down in my notebook and I’m ready for the month ahead. That’s what I want from a writing group. I get that in spades every time we meet.
Find what works for you and go for it.
What helps pick you up when your writing life is down?
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- How does your writing group work? (ask.metafilter.com)