I’ve been talking about starting my own writing group for a long time, and it looks like I will finally be taking the plunge. I enjoyed my writing group in Santa Clarita before I relocated to Los Angeles, and I’ve tried two of them out here. I have written about the first one already, so I won’t revisit that. The second one is led by a rather unorthodox fellow. I want to say more about that, but I feel a certain restraint when I’m talking about someone else on my blog…darn it! There are about ten other members that seem to show up pretty consistently, but I can’t be totally sure, because I haven’t gone the last couple of times, and the group is new. A very nice, laid back lady opened up her home to have the group meet there rather than its initial spot, which was the Westchester Panara Bakery, but that was kind of noisy and not really condusive to a discussion on writing (Really good sandwiches though). One of the group members announced that he writes on an erotica website, plus the group meets on Sundays. Okay…have you guessed? I am a God Girl, so I just didn’t think this group was a good fit.
My group is starting with only three of us, but I’m sure it will grow. All three of us are Christians and grandmas to boot. I think we all consider ourselves writers who are Christians rather than Christian writers. I make that distinction, because I don’t want us to feel totally constrained and confined in our writing. On the other hand, I doubt if any of us will be trying our hand at porn. My group could start as early as next week, and I’m looking forward to it. Lately I have been reading almost obsessively. I have all these books on my Mac Kindle. I purchase many of them, but I also subscribe to a blog that features many free downloads, which sounds good when you love to read like I do, but then I feel I MUST read all of them. Quite a few are daily devotionals, and, even though they are short, that can really add up. If I’m going to call myself a writer (and I am), I have to do at least as much writing as reading. Today I was on a writer’s blog, and he mentioned four must-read books for writers, and then I felt compelled to order those, so now I will be READING about WRITING.
I really need this writing group to keep me accountable, and I need to make a pinky promise that I won’t buy any more books for a long time. I am cautiously optimistic this will work out. Living in a home that contains two very young grandchildren, I need the creative outlet. I also have two more grandchildren that live ten minutes away, and I see a lot of them as well. Kids can easily suck up 95 percent of your energy, so by commiting to this group, I am also making a commitment to myself to nurture something as precious as a newborn baby. I’m ready!