Sunday, May 30, 2010

Don't Be Lonely, Be Productive!

Well, my newest project as a writer has been to form a group of other writers to meet with a couple times a month to share my work with and talk about the highs and lows of writing.  We're only a few weeks into this whole ordeal (it hasn't been the easiest thing in the world to accomplish), but overall I'm pretty pleased with how it's gone so far.

The hardest part of being a writer is being alone with your thoughts and your work all the time.  You can only share a conversation with your characters for so long before you start to wonder if you're developing some kind of Multiple Personality Disorder, and I've discovered that the heroes in my stories have notoriously bad grammar.

I spent this week reading through the projects the other writers submitted for critique, and it is great to be able to look at someone else's project.  The humor, terror, sadness and beauty that the other writers have created on their pages is refreshing and inspiring.

As in any business, sometimes it takes a fresh perspective and method to help you to clean up the rough edges of your projects and bring new motivation to finish the hard stuff.  It is as true in marketing and filing as it is with writing, and I now appreciate more than ever the ability to put our heads together and think through the big stuff.

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