After ConCarolinas, I attended the 4th annual Roaring Writers writing retreat. We rent a house, hire an “author guest of honor,” and spend the week in Clarion-style critiques and writing. I am so blessed to be part of this group- I always return home exhausted but energized to keep pushing forward with my work.
Every writer is different, but if you find yourself in a difficult spot with your writing, then consider cultivating relationships to start your own writing group.
Some things to consider-
Not everyone has to write the same genre, but everyone needs to understand genre conventions. Also, if memoir is boring to you, then don’t join a group dedicated to memoir. You need to enjoy the voice of the other writers, even if you don’t always read that type of book.
Try to find several positive things about the piece to balance out the negative. Everyone has fragile egos when it comes to creative output, and a sensitive approach helps everyone in attendance.
Not everyone needs to be at the same place in their career, but it helps.
Everyone needs to work equally hard. If you do not read the contributions from your fellow writers, then don’t expect them to read yours.
Hope this helps-
Until next time,