It’s been a while since I last wrote. The holiday season has had me busy and distracted. I’ve thought a lot about writing but haven’t taken the time to do it. The ironic thing is there is always time, I just haven’t made it a priority. If I don’t write at least three times a week then writing tends to get shoved further and further down my to do list. You would think that knowing this would prevent it from happening but sadly it doesn’t.
I was able to go to my writers group in the beginning of the month and decided then that I wanted to write about it. If you like to write and aren’t in a writers group then I would highly suggest joining one. The first writers group I was in met sporadically but I was new and was comfortable with the people so it didn’t bother me. It was there that I had my first experience reading my work out loud to someone other then my spouse. It was also the first time that I allowed my work to be critiqued. I discovered that it wasn’t as scary as I had imagined it would be. Everyone there were writers and they understood what it felt like to write and put yourself up for criticism. So it was very constructive. I was able to perfect some of my writing skills from the input I gathered from this group.
Sadly, they slowly stopped meeting and the writers group fell apart. Over a couple of years I really desired to be a part of another writers group so me and a friend started talking and soon we came to the decision to start our own group. We got together and began setting guidelines for the way we wanted the group to be organized. Finally we were ready to start sending out applications to some people we knew. Our group will hit our year mark in January and it has been amazing. We have a great group. The most important thing I get from my group is encouragement. I always leave with the desire to write more. I also get some of the best feedback on my writing. Also, I have become a better writer as I have given feedback to my peers.
If you haven’t joined a writers group then do it! It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out. As a matter of fact what better time to start then at the beginning. We have several brand new writers in our group and their talents and skills are invaluable. They have such unique ways of writing and are invaluable to our group. So don’t let the inexperience stop you.