Should you join a writing group? In the interest of full disclosure, as of this writing, I’m a member of three different groups.
“Jesus, Mike. Say yes much?”
Yeah, yeah. I know. It seems like a lot of groups. It is, but I’m getting something a bit different from each group. To answer the question, “Should I join a writing group?” I have to answer – it depends.
“Brilliant. That’s all you’ve got?”
Stick with me! I’ve created this handy-dandy Writing Group-O-Matic decision tree to help you figure it out.
Continue reading “Writing Groups”
I was driving this morning around doing some last-minute holiday preparation and heard a radio story on NPR. It was a show called How I Built This and featured Jim Koch, one of the founders of Sam Adams brewery. I didn’t catch the whole show, but I had to share the small bit that I heard.
In reference to his choosing his career in brewing, he said, “There are choices that seem safe but are dangerous and choices that seem dangerous but are safe.”
Do you want to retire and look back on a life half-lived? Jim Koch didn’t. I know that my previous career was one of those choices that seemed safe but was very, very dangerous to my essential nature.
Writing seems dangerous me. That doesn’t mean it’s safe, but I feel more in tune with my spirit than I ever have before.
Have you made choices that seem safe? Are you living in one now or do you feel dangerously satisfied?
I have once again failed to deliver a post before the close of the weekend. We must both be punished with fiction Monday.
Granny Neumann Goes Skateboarding
“James Francis Neumann. I am not getting on that skateboard.”
“Oh, come on Grams. Just for a second. I want to Snapchat it.”
“I don’t understand the words you’re saying, Jimmy, and I’m not getting on the skateboard.” Continue reading “Fiction Monday is Here Again – Granny Neumann”
I went to a local writer’s conference last weekend and I’m going to tell you why I think you should attend one.
This particular conference was sponsored and hosted by our county library system. It was reminiscent of small, software-specific technical conferences I attended when I was in the tech industry. There was a keynote presentation, several different course tracks, socials and even had a coffee station in the morning. This conference was free, so big value points right from the start. I attended the same conference last year (shortly after I started writing seriously) so this was a good comparison year for me.
You might be saying to yourself, “That’s nice for you, Mike, but my library system is pretty small.” To which I would say to you, “Have you asked, you poo poo head?” I think local libraries sponsoring writer gatherings is way more common than you might think. Librarians are legally bound to be either a) a writer or b) an author groupie. Often times they’re both. Even if the library doesn’t sponsor a gathering, I bet you that one of the librarians knows about one locally. Ask the one with the blue highlights-the young one who help set up the teen space with squishy chairs that are nicer than the ones you have at home. You know who I mean. He’ll know.
One of the few criticisms I have about the conference is that it was not well advertised. It was hard to find online and if I hadn’t heard about it from a friend, I never would have know it existed. Even so, there were almost 250 people who registered and attended.
Why should you attend a program like this? Continue reading “The Writer’s Conference”
“Oh, man. Is it really Friday again? Do I have to write another post?”
“I’d rather just watch something on Netflix. Star Trek THG or DS9 would be good.”
You should be writing.
“Seriously?” <whining> “I’ll show you. I’ll just sit here and stare at the screen.”
Just don’t open YouTube or fall in a Twitter hole. Continue reading “Butt in the Chair, Hands on Keyboard”