If you’re anything like me, taking part in a writing group is a nail-biting prospect.
I’d considered it for some time, looking into a few, but not finding them for new writers or those who are nervous about reading in a public forum.
They just weren’t for me.
I resigned myself to the fact that I’d just have to go it alone and miss out on meeting people with the same interest as me.
Then my friend Anna said:
“Start your own writing group.”
That’s all well and good, but how?
That’s when she told me about Meetup.com.
Meetup is a website that does what it says on the tin. It’s a place you can start your own group, and people can join. I had some reservations, but my friend, yet again, allayed my fears. She told me to market the group how I wanted it.
And The Laid-Back Writers Group was born.
I wanted it to be a place where new, or experienced writers could come and take their time. So I made the following rules:
- Anybody is welcome.
- You don’t have to read out until you’re ready.
- Only constructive criticism allowed.
I get to set challenges for people every month, or they’re welcome to bring their work with them. The Laid-back Writers Group is a place where I get to listen to many talented writers. Everybody writes differently. From description-rich fantasy to evil teddy bears and autobiographical work.
My writing group is about comfort. A place for people to find their confidence, and when they’re ready to read out, they can. And they have. Laid-back is in the name, and that’s what it is, and I find many people who are nervous to read at the start jump in by the end to read their piece.
Without the writing group, I would never have met the many wonderful people I have since September 2015.
Where do you meet?
If you live in Liverpool or the surrounding areas, why not join us? We meet one Sunday a month at Liverpool Central Library.
Or start your own. It’s YOUR group, with YOUR rules, and I guarantee you’ll meet some amazing people.
It changed everything for me.
No longer do I worry about my writing. I get to work towards something every month and love to read out the latest from my novel. Even if I don’t read out for a month or two, it’s because I’m trying to get my work into a shape that is good enough to read out. Without the group, I’d probably be stuck on chapter 12.
It’s boosted my confidence, and I no longer shake when talking in front of a large group of people.
It changed my life. It set my mind free and has helped me become a better writer.
Your group could change yours.
Ask me any questions you like, I did it, and I am a bag of nerves at attempting new things. I’d love to help you in any way I can.
**There are other meet sites and speak only of my experience on Meetup.com. I am not endorsing Meetup.com as the only way to go.