What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

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First Wednesday of the month and time for the Insecure Writers’ Support Group.

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that I need to have contact with other writers.  For years I hid myself away in my spare bedroom, writing to my own specifications and user requirements.   When I ‘came out’, by posting my work on an online writing site, I was gobsmacked by the sort of feedback I received, some of it obvious stuff and other things that had never occurred to me.  You see, I’ve never studied literature or taken the MA in creative writing, so there were enormous gaps in my skills and knowledge, which I am gradually filling with support from my fellow writers through:

  • online writing sites
  • writing groups (some online and some face-to-face)
  • subbing my work
  • entering writing competitions
  • blogging
  • reading writing magazines and online articles
  •  being with members of the (British) Association of Christian Writers.

I’m still no expert but I’m sure I know a great deal more about the craft of writing and the way the publishing industry works than when I was tapping away in my spare bedroom.  It’s taking me a very long time to get where I want to be, where I thought I was.   I want to finish my novel and get it published.  It’s a long haul.  It always was a long haul but it no longer seems impossible.

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13 thoughts on “What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

  1. I feel more fulfilled as a writer when I’m in touch with my writer friends, too. Not only do they offer help, support, and advice, but they just understand what you’re going through in a way other, non-author friends can’t.

    1. Yes, Juneta, networking is a great confidence booster, and a great source of information, often information you didn’t know existed or didn’t realise you needed.

  2. It is nice to be able to talk to other writers and read about experiences that we have or will more than likely share, I’ve not joined up to any feedback groups yet but it’s good to know that when I get to that stage that there will be people there to set me on the right path 🙂

    1. You can’t start being part of a writers’ group soon enough Raven. There are online groups and face-to-face groups. If you want some advice on these, contact me. They’ve been my lifeline.

      1. Well I think I’ll have to look into them a bit more then definitely, probably online groups for me at the moment, my time feels like it isn’t my own curently 🙂

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