Writing

Poetry: Path Starter

Have you ever noticed that most writers start with writing poetry in high school? I have, and it always makes me smile. I love poetry, but I’m not very good at it. Well, I use to think so, but now looking back I just smile at my old poems. Teenage angst. SMH.

With my writer’s group, one member loves to write poetry, so it made me remember some of mine from college. I went on the hunt looking for my favorite poems, but never found the one’s I loved from college. I found over 50 poems from high school, but very few from later. I’m so disappointed. My best writing was in my college years.

I guess I have no other recourse than to say…oh well. Tear.

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I did look through so many boxes and found a lot of my novels and nonfiction books starts that never went anywhere other than a box. I counted two finished novels, five started novels, and a finished nonfiction research project about bipolar disorder.

I’m a constant writer that would love to publish but never felt anything was quite right for public consumption. Right now, I’m writing a New Adult Fantasy novel that I’ve planned for two years and have written only 20,000 words. It’s book one of a series of at least four books. I guess it will fill my compulsive writing quota, but will I get to the point of publishing it? I certainly hope so. That is why I started a writer’s group. The first one helped me finish one novel, but I shelved that. This group I hope will keep encouraging me to keep writing and finish this series.

I know I’m not the only one out there that writes but has never made that step toward authorship. How did you manage to get passed self-doubt?

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Writer’s Groups

I love having a writer’s group to go to each week. They really help me focus on writing. I’m not fast. I’d never be able to handle NaNoWriMo like a boss, but I’m holding my own. I’ve been able to submit each week to my group, so that’s what matters to me.

I’m writing a New Adult Fantasy novel with Romantic Elements. I’ve written 20,000 words so far, but I have the first book plotted out. It will be a four-book series that is going to be awesome. I’m excited.

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So if you’re interested in being in a writer’s group, you should see if one is available in your area. I started mine on Meetup.com. First time was in 2013 with a group of eclectic talents that met in Crystal Lake, IL. It’s still operating. Go check them out.

I left the group when I moved to Rockford, IL and started another group. I wanted a group where we could critique each other’s pieces and not worry about publishing yet. We would hopefully work toward that goal together. I formed my group differently than most writer’s groups. I have the group email in their selections two days ahead of time, and then we read the selections on our own before the night we meet. Then we discuss our critiques with each other. We are meeting weekly, which is new for me, but I enjoy it.

One thing I learned from these writer’s groups is that when you get your critique back, set it aside for the 2nd draft, and keep writing your novel. If you worry about the beginning, you will never get very far. I wrote my first four chapters five times before I realized this great advice. I kick myself for that. Learn from the wealth of knowledge available in the writing community. Never stop learning!

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