This page is dedicated to my writing group. It has been led by Vernon Fueston who recommended we all create a blog. Vernon is a crafter of wonderful stories, the former editor of the Bertie Ledger-Advance, and is pursuing an MFA. The reason I have a blog is that I chose to take his suggestion seriously. Since then I have learned a lot about creating “social platforms.” Vernon was right about this, especially as a learning process.
Writers Groups provide safe places to take works in progress and have them fine-tuned before you launch them into the world. Good writing takes a lot of thought, a lot of insight…and a lot of editing. Not only do the members of my group pick up on grammatical missteps, but they help me see my work through others’ eyes. They reveal places where my meanings are not clear, or my “embedded” subtle hints are actually obscure to anyone other than me! (I have tried to follow the suggestions of Stephen King in On Writing that readers get to the twists or mini-climatic moments and think both “wow” and “of course” because they have had lots of hints of what was coming but are surprised at the same time.)
Finally a Writers’ Group gives you insight into an author’s voice, as you read other works in process and help with observations. And in learning how others express an authentic cohesive tone, it becomes easier to hear and see your own.
I am unendingly grateful to Ted, Roberta, Sylvia, Leslie, Frank, Gwen, Paula, and Mike from the first incarnation of our group, and to the members of our reorganized group, Mike, Chris, Kate, Mary, Dossey, Barbara, and Paula, to the OBX group, and to all the wordsmiths who have encouraged me. And of course, to Vernon!
Find a group…you’ll be glad you did.