The Main Function of a Writers’ Group
I joined my first writers’ group, Canadian Authors Association, last June. I thought I would go to meetings, listen to speakers and learn more about writing and publishing. I arrived nervous and late for my first meeting. I felt terrible for interrupting the speaker. However, by the end of it, I made a friend, Patricia Sands. We support each other as only writers can support other writers. I didn’t realize at the time that this would be the main function of joining a group.
The Main Benefit
Yesterday, the monthly Writers and Editors Network breakfast meeting took place. Our speakers, Benjamin Gleisser and Carolyn Molnar (Compassionate Message: True Stories From A Psychic Medium), were fun and interesting. But what I got out of the meeting, once again, was the amazing sense of belonging. I touched on this in Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Self-published: Moral Support. It’s great to show up at a meeting month after month, get updates on what everyone’s doing, talk to members I’ve never spoken to before, exchange ideas and business cards, and walk away with lots to think about. It’s so easy to sit at the computer and write, write, write and yet stepping out for a few hours to go to these meetings recharges my battery. Characters and social media can never replace human contact.
What do you get out of your writers’ group? I love to hear from you. Leave a comment.