That was interesting. It was also fun. I do have to admit that I felt like a bit of a fraud. I was in over my head. It was a group of approximately 10 people (if you count me, I believe there were 7 women and 3 men present). They were all older people. I was nervous, but I had it under control. The worst part was when I had to talk about myself (of course). I expected that, though.

They all knew who they were (as writers). Not all are published, but they had all written more than I have. One lady in particular was fairly successful – she’s written and published enough books to have purchased a second home in Florida on the waterfront where she spends half of her year.

I joined as a member, but I do feel a little out of my depth, and it wasn’t just the nerves taking over. I couldn’t really identify what it is that I write (or want to write) – it’s too much of an abstract for me yet. I will return for future meetings, and I really wanted to volunteer for something or contribute in a bigger way, but I don’t have enough experience yet. My hope is that I can learn from these nice people and maybe soak something up through osmosis.

surroundThe next meeting is what they call a critique meeting – there is no actual meeting; they just review each other’s writing samples. Unless I can write a lot more between now and then, I’m not sure I’ll go to that one, but we shall see. I’ve connected with some of them online, and I’ve signed up for various suggested newsletters, blogs and information.

In terms of my writing, I keep wondering if I should just write, or if I need to learn how to do it better first. There’s so much information out there on how to craft this and that, but most of it just serves to make me doubt myself more. Perhaps I should just write and then worry about making it perfect later on when I edit. I really want to do this. I just didn’t realize it was so hard.

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7 thoughts on “Writer’s Group – First Meeting

  1. Every writer worth their salt will tell you we never stop learning. Go next week and take one of your earlier pieces. I think you might be surprised at the encouragement you’ll get from the group. @jeancogdell at Jean’s Writing

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    1. I am looking forward to reading something by one of the others in the group. I’m going to download a few of them.

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  2. Oh, check tomorrows post on my blog. It’s all about how to know your writing genre.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. 😊

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  3. quiall says:

    Writing is easy, sharing it is hard. If something frightens you then you must do it.

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    1. Oh, boy! 👀. I know. You are right.

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      1. quiall says:

        You will be brilliant, I know this to be true.

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