It’s funny how having one thing in common can bring together everyone from teens to the elderly and balance the playing field so that all voices are equal.
I’ve been to two face-to-face writing club gatherings. The first time I wasn’t prepared and went more as an observer. That ended with me offering feedback, constructively I hope, on each piece read aloud. The second time I read some of my work. I was pretty freaked out considering I’ve had almost everything I’ve ever written critiqued one way or another. The group were supportive and kind. There was no need to be nervous.
The members of the Grand Forks Writers Guild were all so welcoming I couldn’t help but relax. But the part I really enjoyed, which is not as available online, were the spontaneous and different points of view on passages we read aloud. Somehow it was fresher, more honest and thought provoking. It made going to the group well worth the effort.
I’ve been involved in two online writing groups as well. One is the Insecure Writers Support Group and the other is Scribophile. I wouldn’t have gone public without their support and feedback. If you haven’t already, I suggest you check them out. If nothing else you may meet a writer from across the globe.
We all come together because of our love of words, our uncontrollable drive to express ideas and capture them on paper or hard drives. People are people, we have our insecurities, our talents, and our need for validation and support.
Where do you go? Is it online or face-to-face?