Things I’ve Learned from other writers

I love belonging to a writing group. I joined a local chapter of the national Romance Writers of America organization in 1997 and have consistently attended monthly meetings, been involved in a critique group and participated in conferences, workshops and other learning/social activities over the years. As a result of that one action of joining a group years ago, I learned the mechanics, craft and business of writing. It’s one of the most important things I did to become a published writer.
Over the past year or so my small chapter had to make the difficult decision to dissolve as a part of the National organization. I personally had a lot of angst about that. After all, I had a lot of time and affection invested in this group and what would happen afterwards?
Well, yesterday I went to the first meeting of an independent writing group, formed largely of members of my former group, plus some other writers from different genres. We had a lively meeting, exchanged tips and made plans for the coming year. To say that I was relieved is an understatement. I felt the same energy that I always got at writing meetings and I returned home with the zeal for writing.
So, what does this have to do with the title of the blog? I’m starting this topic to share some of the pearls of wisdom I’ve learned from other writers. Some of them are multi published, others are not published at all, and all of them have taught me some very important things.
So, look for more of these blogs.
And thank heavens for writers who want to come out of their cave once a month to socialize, learn and exchange ideas with like-minded people.

5 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned from other writers

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that your chapter dissolved! That would have been a very sad moment, I’m sure. We don’t have any chapters where I live, but having a writerly presence — official or not — is so important. There’s really nothing like spending time with other writers.

    • I agree, Caryn. I’m very lucky to have a continuation of a group. It was a bittersweet meeting in a lot of ways but a refreshing one as well. I hope you have an online chapter or group that you can meet with.

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