If writing groups are good enough for famous writers like Socrates, C.S. Lewis, and Ernest Hemingway, it’s good enough for me! My local library is having monthly meetings and I will be attending my very first writer’s meeting tomorrow.
I’m not sure what to expect.
Feast or Famine
I imagine two possible conversational extremes, both negative:
A hyperactive chatterbox will monopolize the time with their “expertise” and their untapped million-dollar ideas they haven’t gotten around to yet.
Crickets. Awkward silence. In a desperate attempt to escape, someone will push their chair back, creating a loud skidding noise on the carpet, and shuffle slowly to the punch bowl (I hope there’s punch). A sporadic cough will break the silence and we’ll all be thinking we should have just used the time to write at home.
Utopia: Accountability and Meaningful Conversation
The optimal outcome will be meeting other passionate folks who share encouraging ideas through a well-balanced discussion.
I would love to hear your stories! Have you participated in a writing group? Did you find it helpful?