The writing group I started held its first meeting this afternoon. I had been trying to get involved in one for a while, but I just haven’t found one. Luckily, a Facebook plea to my friends generated a couple of interested people.
I know there are online writing groups and discussion boards, but I really enjoy the personal camaraderie of actual people. More than ten years ago, a handful of coworkers and I would get together once a month and critique each other’s work, and I loved those meetings. There’s just something about some friends sitting around a dining table or a living room with some beer or wine, talking about writing.
The other thing about meeting people in person for a writing group is blowing off deadlines is a lot more difficult. There are people showing up to critique my stuff and to hear what I have to say about their stuff. Someone is there to hold me accountable.
Since I need twenty-five pages of good material for my application (due in October) to the MFA program I’ve chosen, I need those people to hold me accountable. I’d like to write at least five stories, so I’ll have a variety of work to select my twenty-five pages. My other writing goals for this year? 1) To attend a local writers’ conference and 2) post an entry a day on this site.
That’s the first priority this year — my writing. In the past, I’ve waited for this or that, but there’s just no reason to wait anymore.