Since entering the wild, wacky world of writing and publishing (both traditionally and independently), the one thing I’ve learned is that everyone has his own opinion on just about everything. That blanket statement includes me--yes, I’m opinionated! However, I’m also selective.
I started out
like everyone just wanting to be published--online, in print, whatever. With some success under my belt, I found I’d scratched my itch. In other words, I wasn’t writing for publication anymore, just for my own personal satisfaction.
Then I found…
And that’s where I parted ways with many writing groups, both physical and online. A few reasons being, they are too often
· crowded with egos
· unsupportive of newbies who need the most support of all
· focused on their own vision of writing and writers
· horn tooters
A few conferences, a few group book signing events, a few physical club meetings…let’s just say a little bit goes a long way!
A positive spin…
Now--lest I come off as totally negative--I’ve also found in person and online
· good advice (not do-it-this-way-or-else)
· honest folks who are not interested in being the star attraction, only who they are
· writers who are willing to share their own early experiences with newbies
· people who can laugh at themselves and therefore with others
· writers who see themselves as part of the pack rather than the leader of same
I don’t know where you are in your writing journey or where you envision your final destination. I’d like to suggest that, for me anyway, the final destination became finding out who I am, what I want, being able to take satisfaction in my personal successes, and laugh/learn from my failures.
What is your final destination as a writer? How will you know you’ve reached it?