how to make your writing group work 8.29.13
Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper
until the drops of blood form on your forehead. — Gene Fowler
I have plenty of writing advice posted around my computer and copied into notebooks, but none has made me laugh out loud like Gene Fowler’s statement. And I thought I was the only person who sometimes believes it would be easier to squeeze blood out of my forehead than write a decent sentence. The best writing looks effortless. But to write anything worth reading, you have to face the question, why will anyone care? It’s a simple, sometimes crippling question made all the more treacherous by the fact that writing is almost always done alone.
For the past year I’ve been part of a writing group. We get together regularly to share and discuss our work. The group provides us each an audience that knows and cares whether we write or not. Here’s a post I wrote for Grub Street Daily, with a healthy dose of input from the group, about what we learned during our first year together.
And by the way, if you live anywhere near Boston and are looking for a friendly, high-quality writing resource, check out Grub Street for writing workshops, events, consultation, and a thriving community. It might help you answer the why? why? why? of your writing process.