Thursday, September 25, 2008
If you are a writer, I hope you are fortunate enough to have a writing group. A writing group can allow you to accomplish many things. Reading and critiquing others' work helps you grow as a writer. It allows you to read other writing styles and genres. You not only receive valuable feedback on your work, but encouragement to keep going. Lastly, it is also a time to hang out and enjoy your peers with this adult time.
My writing group tries to meet twice a month. In the past six months, we have been reading each others' stories and critiquing them at each meeting. We discuss the highlights and help point out the areas that need revision. We also take a little time to relax and chat about our lives.
Last night we changed things up a bit. We had a writing session. No critiques, a little bit of chit chat, a little wine, and a whole lot of putting the pencil to paper (or fingers to the keyboard).
Ann worked on her first chapter of her next YA novel. Angela kept busy with revisions of a story we had critiqued at an earlier meeting. Cathy continued her story that we enjoyed reading the first half previously. I finished three poems and a rough draft of this blog. It was quite a productive night for all of us.
Being busy moms, it is sometimes hard for us to carve out time to write. If you find that this is an issue, do something a little different at your next writing group meeting. WRITE!