Writing Groups

Elizabeth reads her work to Rick and other members of her writing group, AASP.
Elizabeth reads to members of her writing group.

Writing groups.  Not everybody agrees in the efficacy of writing groups, but my group has done a lot for me.  It keeps me writing, revising, cleaning up what I write.  Plus, I enjoy sharing what I’m working on and talking about the writing process with other writers.  My group is an open-minded, thoughtful, kind and supportive group.  I’ve heard horror stories of groups with members who decimate other members’ writings.  If you find yourself in that sort of group, get out immediately.  If the group does not support you, improving your writing through kind and supportive suggestions, then pay its members no heed and find a group that will.

For a brief time, I was a member in an online writing group, and that worked well for me at that time in my life.  In these environments, you can meet up with people from far away, and revise and comment and talk when the time is convenient to you.  I worry(ied) a little about sending electronic copies of my material into the ether, but a writer can only worry about that for so long.  Afterall, I’m having such a difficult time getting my own stuff published, why would someone else have an easier time of it? 

So, my recommendation is to find a writer’s group that fits your needs and is supportive.  Then, write, write and write!

Debut Blog

4 August 2009

 I learned at the Historical Novels Conference this June that successful authors must have blogs.  I cringe a little at this idea, as I am fairly appalled at the amount of personal information published on the web.  It seems to me an intimation of bad taste.  Would Jane Austen blog to her readers, describing every detail of Harris Bigg-Wither’s marriage proposal?  Would she, in her next blog, explain that Bigg-Wither is, in truth, a cad whom she cannot possibly marry, with illustrations of his poor character?  I think not. 

 Nevertheless, I desperately want to be a successful author—the term “successful” here being defined as “published.”  So, here is my blog.  In entries to come, you will hear about my life as a writer and reader, and as a teacher of writing.  In proper good taste, you will learn little about my  arousing, arresting,  bracing,  electrifying, exhilarant, eye-popping, far-out,  hair-raising, heady, impelling,  racy, rip-roaring, rousing, spine-tingling, , titillating,  zestful, and oh-so-mysterious personal life. 

 (The author would like to thank thesaurus.com for sections of today’s blog.)