Writing is a lonely endeavor. To add to that, I’m a stay at home mom, so getting out in the ‘real world’ is like a dream come true. I happy dance when I’m able to go grocery shopping without kids in tow.
I recognize the importance of being with other people and having friends around who will celebrate your successes and share your sorrows.
They’ll even face-palm with you when you screw up.
This is why I find it so important to be a part of a writer’s group. Here’s mine:
Believe it or not, we’ve grown since then! This was a year or so ago. I love these people. They come from all walks of life and all genres of writing. We have people who dabble, people who are interested in writing but don’t know where to start and people who’ve written their whole lives. We have poets, short story writers, non-fiction writers, devotional writers, children’s writers, novelists and everything in between. We have traditionally published, not published yet, and self-published writers. With all these differences, we have one thing in common: the love of language.
And one more thing: We want to see each other succeed. Each week we come together and share our stories. We critique and discuss. We share our frustrations and celebrate our joys. Sure, we do this outside of this group too, but there’s something about being with like-minded people who understand the crazy mind of a writer.
So, if you don’t have a writer’s group, find one! If you can’t find one, start one! All you need is one other person who will commit to showing up and supporting you in your writing. Beyond that, you can structure the group any way you want. Some groups focus on critique. Others want to learn different techniques to improve writing. Mine is a little bit of everything, but mostly, we just love on each other and attempt to help each other grow as artists.
Now get going! Find those people and enjoy the benefits of having your very own crazy writing group!
There’s not much to do growing up in a small town in Western, NY, so J. Andersen wrote stories and won high school writing contests. But in college her writing was limited to term papers. While teaching middle school she began to read young adult books and got serious about writing. She now writes full time, volunteers at the town library, helps to run a School of the Arts at her church, and sings in the church band. She enjoys good coffee—read: home roasted by her husband—crafts, baking, and chasing after her children. You’ll rarely see J. without a book in her hands, and that’s the way she’d like to keep it.
Is the opportunity to create the next generation of life a dream come true or a deadly nightmare?
When seventeen year old Katherine Dennard is selected to become a “Creation Specialist” in Sector 4, the opportunity sounds like a dream come true. But Kate soon discovers the darker side of her profession – the disposal of fetal organs and destruction of human life. It makes sense, really. In a society where disease and malformations don t exist, human perfection demands that no genetic “mutants” be allowed to live. For Sector 4, “survival of the fittest” is not just a theory – it’s The Institute’s main mission.
When Kate discovers that The Institute is using her DNA to create new life, her work gets personal. In order to save her unviable son, she’ll have to trust Micah and his band of underground Natural Born Rebels. The problem is, if The Institute discovers her betrayal, the next body being disposed of could be hers.
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