Writers Groups
J.V. Jones
June 11th : 2007

I've busy working on the new book this week. It doesn't have a title yet, but I'm considering breaking with tradition. 'Something of Something Ice' has been the model for the past three books; it might be time for a change.
If you are considering setting up a writers group, the first thing to do is decide what you and the other members hope to gain from the meetings. It might be that camaraderie and networking are the goal; writers chewing the fat with other writers. This can be every bit as valuable as critiquing one another's work. It gets you out of the house for one thing (never underestimate this as a benefit; writers spend too much time indoors). It also gives you the opportunity to be part of a community. Talk to other writers and you'll soon learn that the difficulties they encounter are similar to your own. Motivation, self doubt, writers block and time management are problems that most of us deal with at some point. Simply to hear that you're not the only having these problems helps. So it's definitely not a bad thing to have a group where members support one another by sharing experiences and chatting over coffee. It's a good antidote to isolation.