When I began writing (I’m going to date myself here, but that’s okay) over twenty years ago, I didn’t belong to any writing groups, and there were no pages on social me
dia dedicated to writers. FB wasn’t even a thing then. A few years later, I joined my first author group and a second one shortly after (my local chapter of Romance Writers of America). It was wonderful! Finally, I had a place to get together with others who shared my passion for creating the written word.
But writing continued to be a singularly solitary endeavor. Sure, I had online critique partners after a while and even went to a few plotting/writing retreats, but the weekly work
was done on my own and reliant totally on my own self-discipline.
Fast forward twenty-plus years and after publishing 70 books with New York and London, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo, attending Write-Ins for the first time as well. It was amazing!!! Getting together with other authors to do what we loved best, to pursue our goals and dreams? That was the stuff my happiest thoughts were made of.
I didn’t want to give up that sense of community and the in person accountability to write. So, I got together with the director for the Brookwood Library and we hatched a plan. Weekly Write-Ins hosted by me at the Library.
The Write-Ins will be every Thursday at 1 pm and will last until 4 pm. I’m borrowing a format I like from another writing group and we’ll be writing for 45 minutes and then chatting for 15 before back to writing for 45, and so on.
I’m so keen to encourage other writers to write, to spend time in the company of my peers and to do what I love best…write my stories!
If you live in the area, I hope you’ll join me!
Hugs and happy writing,