I am meant to be improving my writing skills. But, I am not sure writing groups are going to be ‘my thing’.
I joined an online group today, for ’emerging’ writers. They are all so serious about it. They talk about learning their ‘craft’ and a whole load of other terms that just make ‘writing’ seem pretentious . Me, I just want to learn to write in a way that is okay enough to shove the contents of my head, in a book others can read.
I don’t care about plot lines, antagonists, steam punk (whatever the hell is that) and there are people patronizing and criticising other successful authors, like Stephanie Meyers – author of the Twilight Saga Series. So if they are criticising her, then I am screwed.
Plus, many of these very serious ‘writers’ in the group seem very needy talking about their doctorates, how many books they have already written, show how they are already highly skilled writers and are highly educated in writing related fields.
Which is great, but I thought this group was for ’emerging writers’?
All I want to do is extent my blog posts, into a book. No fancy writing, no fancy plot, just readable.
I don’t have any designs on becoming the next J.K.Rowling of the mental health writing world. I’ll leave that to the highly educated mental health professional experts.
I can already sense the superiority issues of people and I don’t do well with that. It irritates me.
Don’t think writers groups, are going to be somewhere I could belong, after all. I will just quietly leave the group tomorrow. It is good self care, to keep myself away from people who will only irritate me, and keep focussing on finding people who will enrich my life.