by Lillian Csernica on March 16, 2016
I know. I said I wouldn’t do it anymore. I’ve learned my lesson.
Then somebody came along and made me an offer that brings with it a lot of benefits.
I’m going to join a writer’s group.
In the past I’ve had some unfortunate experiences. Personality conflicts. Hidden agendas. The gap in experience between some of the writers was so great that we couldn’t do each other that much good. In some cases it was a matter of logistics that just didn’t work out.
Online writer’s groups don’t really appeal to me because the biggest plus that comes with participating in a group is the brainstorming, plot twists and bigger stakes and stronger motivations for the characters. We bounce ideas off each other and the person whose work we’re discussing makes lots of notes, to be sorted out later at home.
In this group, which meets this coming Saturday, there will be three people I’ve known for over twenty years. I have collaborated with two of them on separate projects. With the one, I’ve sold three stories. With the other, two stories and a novel series that is still a work in progress. One member is new to me, but I’m told he writes in genres where I have more experience than the other three, so we should all be able to do each other some kind of good.
I confess I let myself get talked into this by the member of the group whose advice about writing has led to many improvements in quite a few of my stories as well as my novels. I have packaged up the first fifty pages of Sword Master, Flower Maiden and emailed it to all of them. I’ve been reading through the ms as I prepare a new synopsis for query purposes. The book needs more tinkering in terms of pace and the use of Japanese language. We’ll see what my fellow scribes have to say. We’re all history addicts, so that makes for a happy foundation.
If I can just get up to speed on the projects of two members, prep my comments, and be ready to participate by Saturday, I shall enter into this group situation with fingers crossed and notebook at the ready. I’m hoping I come out of it with the help I need to get my work to a better level of quality that will sell to better markets for better prices. We’ll see.
I’m a fan of ’80s rock, those glorious days of the Hair Metal bands. Bon Jovi remains my favorite, but in this particular instance, Whitesnake provides my theme song.