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
- 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.