My post from yesterday, Creating a Writing Life, has generated a lively discussion, and I love it.
All of my Red Room friends who have commented have given me so much great feedback.
First, I have to tell each of you that I truly value my Red Room community of writers. I have learned a lot and grown more confident as a writer since joining Red Room. Reading your posts and and interacting with all of you has challenged, and pushed me to take more chances with my writing.
I agree with Katherine that the interactions and comments let me know my writing has conveyed my thoughts or ideas effectively. My musings on the writer's conference were a way to share my experience, and to think about where I am headed next with my writing.
I'm not completely convinced that I need to join a writer's group solely for the critiquing aspect, as much as I need a group of peers to support my efforts.
I have a very supportive spouse, who is also a writer (of music), and he understands the process. He's believed in me, before I ever had a thought of putting myself out there with my blog.
Writing is a solitary life. I actually crave some peace and quiet each day in which to put the pen to paper.
I guess what I am looking for, deep down, is a job that pays me enough to live simply, and give me ample time to pursue my passion- writing. A group that wants to get together at a local pub and talk about the craft; share the frustrations, and all the highs and the lows.
In the end, I am writing for my own pleasure. If you happen to enjoy, or relate to a particular post, that's even better, but not necessary, for my ultimate happiness.
Thanks to each of my Red Room connections for sharing your thoughts, and feelings. I wish we could sit around a pub sometime and trade stories.
Causes Annette Talbert Supports
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, RIF (Reading is Fundamental),
Hands On Foundation, Dignity U Wear, Girls, Inc.