Yay! I had my first 50 pages of the current work-in-progress reviewed in today’s writers’ group meeting. As always, I didn’t agree with 100% of the comments, but I bit my tongue and listened. Too often, I’ve seen people in workshops, writers’ groups, and elsewhere spend the time they could have been improving their work defending it… setting up a barrier that says “no thanks” to honest feedback.
Today’s meeting was super helpful to me, and Claire, Michele, and Addy were great. We still have a problem with no-shows … we had two that were expected today who did not attend. And my friend Matt has probably decided not to participate, as he’s MIA as well.
As the current novel is #2 in a mystery series, it was especially helpful to have three new sets of eyes and three new brains! They see it fresh; I see it with 1) all the info in my head from book #1 and 2) everything I’m planning to write in future chapters.
So a big thank you on this day before Thanksgiving!!
Thank you, Brad! Journaling on line… tada! Blogging.
I’m inspired by this, Karen. I’ve always felt there was a writer buried deep in me somewhere. My writing would be more along the lines of Tennessee Williams (or so I like to think).
But first, before I get to creative writing, I’ve decided to focus on journaling. Carl Jung was a big proponent of this modality and I can see why. It has a way of assembling the many fragments of my persona and providing me with a perspective that eluded me up until now. It’s revealing and healing at the same time. So thank you for the inspiring me and being my friend. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoying friends and family. -Brad