I am a lucky gal. I’m part of a writing group that challenges me to be a better writer, tells me when my writing rant has gone horribly wrong, and notices my strengths. I suspect that I might not have finished three novels without their continued support and I’m certain that my stories wouldn’t be as good without the critiques of my writing sisters.
We didn’t set out to be a women’s writing group. We’ve had men before, they just didn’t stay. Could it have been that we have some romance writers? I mean some of their stuff makes my cheeks glow fire red. Maybe it was too much for them.
I’m not suggesting that you seek out an all male or all female group (so stop writing the hate mail right now). I am insisting that you find a writing group that feeds your talent. I’ve said it before, you can’t grow as a writer without input from people reading your stuff. You can’t!!! Or, if you can, it’s at a snail’s pace. Trust me.
Anyway, I’m thinking about my sisterhood of writers, otherwise known as the Muse Crew, because we’re going to start a writing and reviewing website/blog. We’ve been working together for years, expanding our writing skills, critiquing the work of others, and exploring countless nuances of the writing process. Now, we’re going to invite others to share in our discussions and help other authors (many of them will be self published) by reviewing their work.
Did I say that we’re not any ordinary group of writers? We all come from vastly different life experiences and writing backgrounds. That’s part of what makes this group so special. (Am I partial? Yes, but you would be too!). Our group combines expertise in the areas of writing, editing, psychology, teaching, business, and more. We have writers in different genres of fiction and non-fiction. Our varied backgrounds give us unique perspectives to what we read and have enriched the way we approach authorship. We are driven by our shared passion for the well-written page.
You can probably tell that I could go on, and on…. and… well, you get it. It’s a great group of women and I look forward to expanding our writing journey online. I’m telling you so that you know and if you have suggestions about what you would like in a website and blog like this, please share them in the comments.