Gina Holmes, starlet and site owner of the wildly popular Novel Journey, has graciously allowed me a spot on the roster. The last Monday of every month I’m afforded free reign at Gina’s crib. . . and usually end up breaking furniture, blowing out the speakers and irritating the neighbors. (However, after my previous post, I received a very nice e-mail from a Pulitzer nominated author that made me all tingly inside.) My current article is up and it’s a bit of a break from my usual caustic commentary.
Do you belong to a writing group â€” one that meets regularly so members can read and comment on one anotherâ€™s work? Are these valuable?
It’s a pretty basic question, one that all aspiring authors must ponder. But the responses were, to me, startling. Of the ten published authors who answered, only one belonged to a writer’s group! I’m not sure what this means but, frankly, it seems a bit elitist. New writers are regularly advised to join writing groups; in fact, it was — and continues to be — one of the most important elements of my writing. Nevertheless, the authors at CC seemed fairly lukewarm to the concept. Hmm. I wonder what else being published does to you?
The first comment by Jess says it all:
Wow! Just listen to you successful girls and guys. I have to wonder why we’re all pushing crit groups and why I have two of them.
Jess, I couldn’t agree more. Anyway, drop everything, zip on over to Novel Journey, and read Who’s Holding Your Trampoline.