Monday, January 31, 2011

Writing Journal #3: Joining a Critique Group

With two book rejections under my belt and a year’s break with building our new home, I was ready to write again. During this time, I discovered another writer in my neighborhood, Melissa Cunningham. She was looking to put together a new critique group and asked if I was interested. Her timing was perfect—a blessing, really.
I can remember our first meeting together and feeling humbled, yet encouraged. I had written a setting description using “the outline of the roofline”, thinking my use of the words together as clever. They both redlined it. I had much to learn! Lori Nawyn’s writings were beautiful and Melissa was such a good editor. I was grateful to be among them. Soon we were joined by Shannon and Brock Cheney, who brought with them their own unique talents. Our (nearly) weekly meetings of ten DS pages helped me to grow and thrive. I could see my own progress and it was just the exhilaration I needed to turn this into a passion. This group was a turning point in my writing journey. I know that not all groups work out, but I'm firm believer in having one that works for you. It has made all the difference. Over the past year and a half, they have given me ideas, seen things I couldn't, and (though far from perfect) I've refined both writing and editing skills. The best part is the fun we have when we get together!  
How has your writing group helped you?
PS--Next Monday I will interview Rachelle Christensen, author of Wrong Number. Then on Feb. 8 I will post a review of Cheri Chesley's The Peasant Queen as part of her blog tour. Valentine's day will be special as well. The writing journal will continue later. Thanks for stopping by!


Clarissa Draper said...

Oh, I love my writing group. They have taken me to publication. When I first joined, my writing was horrendous. Now, it's publishable. Thank you, writing group!

Renae W. Mackley said...

Awesome! Here's hoping I can say the same thing soon.

Wendy Swore said...

I think you are fortunate to have found someone so close to you! And such awesome people too. I have made many good friends online that I critique with--though I will probably never meet many of them in real life.

ali said...

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