This weekend I visited my first ever Writer’s group. I drove an hour and a half to get there. I’m not complaining about that in the least – I actually enjoy driving for the most part and an hour and a half is nothing. Double that for a round trip and I admit, it’s a bit to go through, but for an honest to gosh quality writer’s group, I’m willing.
The group itself was really wonderful. Everyone was very professional and nothing said seemed to be taken personally, which is just amazing. The structure was very simple:
- Everyone read member submissions from the last meeting during the month (they meet the last Saturday of the month) and made notes/comments
- As the meeting began, every single person went in turn and told the writer what they thought, what they liked and made suggestions
- At the end of your critique, you handed over your copy with all your notes and comments
Obviously, the group had way more time to read the submissions than I did – I basically did it all the day of. This was good and bad – good because it was fresh on my mind, bad because it did take up all of my Saturday morning. But I am serious about this group and didn’t want to be the guy at the table who hadn’t read the assignments.
Oh – my weight thing. I have not been good recently. As my stress levels have gone up, my resolve has plummeted. I find myself not being as strict with myself as I have been in the past month. I haven’t gained weight – but I haven’t lost any either.
I’m sort of stuck there. Something has to give.
On writing – the rewrite of my novel, Sam Kane-Into the Fire, is now at 15,700 words. That is up roughly a thousand words this week and everyone of them was pulled kicking and screaming from my brain.
I also pulled about 400 words out on ‘The Obsidian Cat’, 200 words on some random piece of scifi and 350 words of an idea called ‘The Alien Ambassador’ – that last bit was just to get the idea down on virtual paper and out of my head. Hopefully I’ll come back to that at some point.
This week is going to be rough. I have a massive event on Tuesday (400 people have RSVP’d) for work and a deadline for another project Monday for an event on the 17th. Add to that two tradeshows coming up and I am very swamped. I also need to meet with my print shop about a new website they are going to provide us and I need to carve out some time to create new email campaigns and at least start playing with a new corporate website.
…yeah, I don’t see my stress level’s dropping.