I’m still alive!
Its been SO long since I’ve blogged and for that I apologize greatly.
*weeps* I’m sorrryyyyyyyy. Please don’t hate me.
Life has been a little bit crazy lately but along with that craziness some things have been pushed to the back burner so I could make more room for blogging.
Lucky for you all, you’re gonna get two posts today! (or maybe one tomorrow but I PROMISE if not today then tomorrow) The reason being I do NOT wanna spend this whole post catching you all up on whats been going on in my life lately (because I’m gonna start doing more posts about my boring old life that sometimes has some interesting crap happen) so with that said.
ON WITH THE POST!!
As a some of you may or may not know, before Christmas I was really struggling with my writing and on the verge of quitting it altogether as I felt like my support from people was getting less and less and doing it all alone was extremely difficult for me. I was on the verge of giving up on writing (except for blogging) entirely when I was received a message from a wonderful woman named Katie. (who also looks like Peggy Carter…Just sayin)
This was went down: “Adriana! I am curious to know if you ended up receiving that Writers Guild brochure that I left with Kristy! I am also wondering if you’re interested in joining the Guild for our first meeting come January 28th. If you’re curious to know more about the Guild feel free to message me and I’ll give you the 411. God Bless <3”
Of course I responded right away. Why I did, I don’t understand because I was on the verge of being absolutely done with my writing on a whole. Maybe part of me was wondering if this would be the support I needed? I still don’t really know. But I responded saying I was extremely interested and this was the response I received:
“So, we’ll be meeting once a month as a group that is wanting to advance in or writing skills and in our connections with other writers. The meeting will last no longer than two hours and will include the following: prayer, meet and greet, workshop/critique circles/or skill building exercises (it will be one of the four for 60 min), announcements and promotions (15-20 min). Then we close with prayer! The format of the evening will differ based on the content our group needs/wants. 🙂 I actually have a membership I am giving away for free. If you would like to have it I will give it to you.”
At this point I had never actually met Katie, only just heard about her from my Aunt (and thats how Katie knew I existed as well haha) So I was so surprised that not only had I never met this woman but she wanted to give me a free membership to join The Writers Guild and the local ‘Chapter’ (instead of calling it a group) for Lethbridge.
So fast forward to a little bit later (January 28th was the first meeting) and I pulled up to the restaurant we were meeting at that night and marched in there, notebook in hand and very unsure of what to expect. I didn’t know anyone going and so I was anxious to walk in there as it appeared a lot of these people knew each other already…and I was right. I walked in to be greeted with a hug from Katie and there were a few others in the room.
I was kinda the newbie as I had never met anyone in this room before so I sat down at the table and kinda slowly eased myself into the conversation. After we all ordered dinner we all got the run down of what meetings were gonna look like and what the Word Guild was all about. And the more I was told about it the more excited I was that I was now a part of this group.
I will say that when it came to sharing about our books and writing and stuff I sounded a little stupid. Cause the attention of 10 other people was on me and I kept stumbling over my words, probably spoke way too fast (as I do when nervous, excited, or uncomfortable) and I could just feel the heat rising from my neck to my face…
So that was embarrassing…
BUT despite my wanting to curl up in a ball and die after that, I got to hear about other peoples novels AND I felt so much encouragement myself. One of the ladies in the group who is also a published author (Holly C. Wyse. Look her up 😉 She’s great.) offered to help me fix up my novel Holding on To Grace so then I can try again with querying. Which got me SUPER excited.
I could probably go on forever about how amazing that meeting was but I’ll keep it short. This writers group is literally everything I’ve been looking for. Here are the reasons you should join a local writing group. (Or start one if one doesn’t exist in your area.)
1. OTHER WRITERS!
This is an AWESOME opportunity to meet other writers and just spend time talking about what you love.
2. You Can Find Inspiration
Hearing about other peoples stories and writing journeys is something that is super inspiring and encouraging to me. Sometimes I just need to know that where I’m at in my writing, someone else is or was and got past it.
3. You Can Learn More About the Writing/Publishing World
In a writing group a lot of people are in a lot of different parts of the writing and publishing process. So its a great way to learn about those next steps you might be taking OR to encourage others and let them know that they will reach their goal soon.
4. SUPPORT AND BRAINSTORM BUDDIES
You get the support you need or are looking for and you can give it to others! and also, lots and lots of brainstorming buddies. Like seriously its the best!
5. Fun Times
Because how can you NOT have fun with something like this? You are hanging out with other writers, writing with other writers and TALKING about writing with other writers. You just can’t lose!
Until Next Time!