Recently Publishing Trends took a survey of Publishing Industry people- this group included Literary Agents, Editors and those in Marketing/Sales and Rights. Listed amongst their favorite thing about their job was working with like-minded people, being amongst books all the time and traveling. For some it was about the free coffee and still others, office provided technology.
Like-mindedness is heady stuff. Which brings me to one of my favorite subjects:
I like to attend Book Signings at my local bookstore every chance I get. No matter what the genre - I have always been interested in the writers journey. I sit and listen to their aunts and cousins ask them the routine questions that paint me a picture of the author, provide for me pieces of his personal history, inspiration and passions. When most of the questions have been asked I wave my hand in the air and query, "Do you belong to a writers group and if so what role did your writers group play in your becoming a published author?" and they ALWAYS reply, "If it were not for my writers group I would not be where I am now."
About eight years back, I had the fun of belonging to a writers group for about two years. We met at the local Barnes and Nobles in Sioux Falls South Dakota, where the manager supplied us with reserved tables and free coffee or tea:-) We began each meeting with a 10 min writing prompt- a warm up and then a 20 min prompted writing time. We then would go around the circle and read what we had written. It never ceased to wow me at the totally different perspectives and viewpoints. From the same prompt one writer spun a horror tale, while another began a contemporary romance, and another a poem. We followed this with a period for critique of pages brought by those who wanted it. I loved our group. We were a great mix of humanity and talent. Old, Young, Women and Men- we became a close group that celebrated holidays and milestones together as well as honed our writing skills. Not all in my group were Christians but we were knitted together like a close foster family. I was playing at writing, I knew I was there for the fun once I compared my writing to the others. They had skill and were gifted in a way I wasn't. I was witty and appreciative of them so they allowed me to stay :-) And we were like-minded and I was amongst books- stacks and stacks of books. And there was free coffee:-) Heady stuff!
If you are not a member of a writers group or critique group, I want to encourage you to join one. Google 'writers group (your town)' or 'writers group (your State)'. Give them a call. I am sure that if you surround yourself with other writers, not only will you hone your writing skills and feel more inspired, learn new methods of breaking writers block, and get the help you need for those pesky point of view problems you have been having. You will make some lifetime friends as well.
From my heart to yours,