Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Benefits of being in a Writer's Group...
Well today I had a lil bit of sunshine in my cloudy days. For those of you who don't know I'm actually currently in a Writer's Group in a local library to help me write my stories. I always wrote small lil stories or wrote in a diary but when the opportunity to join a Writer's Group came up, I ran for it. Basically we write 5-6 pages of our stories, submit it to the group email where the members can read it before the meeting, & then in the meeting we discuss the pieces. It's been more rewarding then I can describe.
One of my problems with writing, which I sometimes fear in this blog, is that somehow I don't get my point across properly. I mean I know what I want to say in my head but making sure I say it clear enough that people can follow & understand it is what I need help on in the group. My major piece is a Zombie Novel. I'm hoping that a panel of people who don't know me personally can pick up on what I'm trying to write. So far...it's been an absolute success.
Now...Information for You Readers that might Help you out!
This week's Writer's Group meeting was a special workshop entitled: "Writing for Local Publications Workshop" staring author Tom Reily & publisher Phil Bunton. Yes, the workshop was mainly about writing articles for magazines & newspapers but I learned so much more tonight.
1.) Article writing is a good way to write a short piece that might have some financial benefits & there is tons of jobs for article writers on career builder or craigs list.
2.)www.publishamerica.com is a website where you can self-publish your novel. They will bind it for you, make copies, let you pick cover art & have deals on selling you copies of it. It's an easy way to make your novel official.
3.)Find something you know a lil about, research it, then write about it. This way you already have an interest so it might motivate you to keep at it.
4.)Keep writing...Even if its a laundry list. Write as much as you can so you are always writing.
5.)Be prepared for negative criticism & rejection. He couldn't stress more how important it is to keep on going...
Keep on writing...Keep on going each day. That's what I'm doing. I'm going to keep writing & keep going. One day at a time. I recommend finding a Writer's Group if you can in your local library if you have the interest. It has helped me & I can't wait for next's months meeting. =)
I'm trying to keep myself busy & this week is just what the doctor ordered. Thank you everyone for your comments. I need the support & I thank all of you.