Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Writing Clubs;how being a member can help you

Have you ever had one of those days when the words seem stuck somewhere down at the end of a very long tunnel? And the computer throws a wobbly and deletes the few words you’ve managed to get out- I swear I didn’t answer yes to the delete question in my fog.

It’s those days that I think being part of one of those writing teams for TV shows might be a fun place to be instead of slaving away by myself.

Of course on the days when the words flow in an unstoppable river and you need to prune only 5% instead of the usual 25% it’s the best job in the whole wide world. Except you shouldn’t call it a job because it’s such a pleasure.

Either way, sometimes we need support. That is the support of other writers who understand what we go through to find the exact word or phrase that communicates with your reader.

That’s what writers groups, clubs and mentors are for. On or offline we need to be part of a community. I read some of the top commercial writers on the planet and they need their imaginations stimulated and their hurt pride restored from time to time, just like us lesser mortals.

There’s nothing like it for recharging the batteries and advancing the cause of writing in general and your own in particular.

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