Thursday, February 24, 2011

Writer’s Wednesday (plus one)

Thursday, February 24

Sorry for the late posting but again I forgot. Determined not to let this one get by, I chose to post this entry a day late thus the title.

Years ago, the first bit of advice I got came from a beautiful woman named Suzannah Davis. She wrote romances and I met her when she needed to get her printer repaired.

Her advice was for me to join a writer’s group. She gave me the name of two groups that met in Shreveport. Because of her advice, this year will be my 20th year as member of both RWA and Nola Stars (formally known as Nola).

At first, I learned to hone by craft by attending the monthly programs over the years. I still learn something new when I go to a meeting. Though, I do admit that sometimes one can get information overload over the years. But, if you have a problem in your writing, a member usually can help you out.

Then, I found out that after the meeting I would come away charged and ready to write. The networking, camaraderie, and enthusiasm of the group can rub off on you during the visit.

I figure this is because I am around like minded people who understand the need to write. Start talking about writing to someone who does not write, their eyes seem to glaze over, they start looking at their watch or looking around for the door. They can’t share nor don’t understand my enthusiasm for writing.

Writing groups tend to encourage the member to write. I find that the members of Nola Stars tend to be very interested in what you are working on. Some groups offer mentors who are willing to help new members. They have been known to place members together and form critique groups.

So, I wish to offer the same advice to those writers who are now starting out to look for a local group. If you can’t find one, you may be able to find one online. Also, if you know some writers (or even just one writer), see if they are willing to meet once a month at the local library or coffee shop to discuss writing. The networking alone could help build your career as an author.

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