A Chapter of Writers

Writing is, primarily, a solitary behaviour. Quite a lot of the work we do occurs inside our heads as millions of neurones fire across synapses to bring us the best characters and the twistiest twists imaginable. Whilst others can inspire the creative process and may serve as templates for characters or as groups of people who need taking down a peg or two, writing is something that you do by yourself. Even if you’ve got a writing partner, it’s not often you both sit in the room and construct the words together. Planning and research are all in your mind, and as for the rest, the putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, that’s generally done behind a locked door and involves a lot of swearing.
 

Via gistplanet.comLike so many other things.

 
Because it is a solitary process, sometimes it gets a little lonely. You look up at the clock and realise that you’ve been plugging away at the word processor for six hours, the room is covered in papers, and you can’t think of the proper word for that thing that you do the thing with, and you’re desperate for a cup of tea and a hug. Many writers have the comfort of someone who loves them enough not only to bring them tea and hugs, but also to put up with this manic recurring behaviour. But even with the comfort of excellent husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, family members, friends, and passing strangers, writers still need occasionally to find someone who knows exactly what they’re going through.
 

Via Glamour“Tell me it’s going to be okay.”
“Er…”

 
This is what’s great about having a writer’s group. The one to which I currently belong, informally known as the London Road Irregulars, is treating me well. We all send things we’re interested in getting feedback on and we write flash pieces for each meeting. The atmosphere is supportive and the criticism is helpful and constructive. More importantly, it’s not personal criticism.

I think that’s the most important part of it. No one’s going out of their way to hurt the feelings of other people in the group. They’re honest, of course, but that’s par for the course. That’s what you want as a writer. But they’re supportive. It’s also very informal, as well, with plenty of chewing over methods of writing and the difficulties in being a writer. It’s good.

So that’s my tip for this week. Find a group that supports you as a writer but gives you honest feedback. You need both, just like you need tea and hugs.
 

Via TumblrAnd, occasionally, sedatives.

 

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One Response to “A Chapter of Writers”
  1. Reblogged this on James David Ward and commented:
    As a bonus for today, here’s a post from Nick Palmer’s blog about the writer’s group we are both a part of, and I have failed to mention. It speaks truth. It has inspired me to keep plugging away at that play I’ve been guiltily referring to since last year, and is a wonderful group of people to chat with.

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