The idea of sitting home alone, with just a cat for company is the image most people have of life as a writer.
Indeed this is my life! Juggling family life, teaching and time to write can be hard, but why do we feel the need to add to that by doing it on our own?
When I first started attending writing groups, it was hard to share my work, soon the feedback I was receiving from others encouraged me to dip a toe into sharing my private thoughts.
I got a mixture of love and suggestions to improve, some I took on board, others I felt were not right. After considering why a suggestion was made I understood better my weaknesses.
Motivated and encouraged I became a more confident writer and also I started to give feedback, improving my own writing as I understoof the processes better.
As a new writer, feedback from others is probably the best tool in our writers toolkit.
Belonging to a writing group is about taking strength from that group and giving it back.
Motivation, discussions on early drafts, putting heads together to solve character and plot difficulties, a shoulder to support the many rejections received and someone to celebrate the wins with.
Whatever you write, support of a good writing circle is priceless.
The Coffeehouse Writing Group starts on Wednesday 19th June 2019, 7pm at The Potting Shed, Beverley East Yorkshire. £5 on the door or £25 for a years membership. Includes an hours lesson, writing and an hour socialising with occasional Guest speakers.
For further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org