This evening the members of the Novelist's Circle group will be celebrating 5 years of nurturing authors. Come and join us.
I am very proud to have started something that has touched so many lives and enriched the careers of many local writers. It's amazing that one little idea can lead to something so valuable. 43 people have passed through the group in 5 years, and 8 have been published in one form or another. I still count many of those past members among my friends.
When I first decided I wanted to write a novel, I attended several writing groups, where I met a variety of wonderfully supportive people and started to develop my writing skills. However, I found that the majority of writing groups catered for people who wrote short stories or poetry, so it was difficult to get feedback on a longer work.
After attending a few literary workshops and events, and speaking to other novelists, I was always fired up! I knew I needed to connect with more of these people, to share information, and support one another through the challenges faced with a longer story.
Members sit down monthly to critique one another's work, share industry news, improve our literary skills, and the result is motivation.
The Novelist’s Circle group aims to provide a non-threatening environment to nurture budding novelists, build on literary skills, and receive constructive feedback from peers.
Happy birthday to the Novelist's Circle group. I can't believe I started this grop 4 years ago, but I'm so glad I did.
It's a wonderful feeling to know that other writers have benefitted from coming together in a nuturing environment with like-minded people.
Excuses? I have them in
abundance. I’ve just come out of a literary dry spell that I’m blaming on
illness, end of school madness, end of year
work deadlines, Christmas (shopping, cooking, entertaining) and catching up with friends. When push comes to shove, I didn’t make writing a priority for a few months and felt lousy
You’ll be happy to know that I’m back on the straight and narrow, but ‘how?’ you ask. Come closer and I’ll let you in on a secret. I owe it all to other writers. No silly, I don’t mean
someone else has been writing for me, but that they have reinspired me.
I can honestly say that one of the most rewarding and motivating parts of this lonely profession is… all the other lonely writers. From my experience writers are wonderfully generous people, open to sharing tricks of the trade, offering a shoulder to cry on, and a boot up the backside when needed (snigger).
I strongly recommend that those writers who have been battling away alone, or are just starting on this exciting journey, join at least one writing group. Don’t be shy about asking questions and trying them out once or twice before joining. After all, writing groups are as varied as the writers themselves. No matter which one (or two) you choose, you can be sure to gain valuable information and support.
Over the years I’ve been a member of four groups and tried out another two. Those venues were where I met my critique partners and confidantes, not to mention learnt something new every week. As my writing skills grew and ambitions changed, I needed to move on to different groups, but I’ll always cherish each one.
So, go ahead and contact your local library or writer’s centre and start networking! Here are a few links to get you started.
South Australian Writer’s Centre
New South Wales Writer’s Centre
Queensland Writer’s Centre
The Seaside Writers is another group I attend and tonight we had a quiet meeting with 9 members. We recommended books and movies, discussed Rowena's latest achievements and listened to members read short stories (and some excerpts from longer pieces). Talking to other writers always makes me come home, sit down at the computer and create.