I’ve written about my writing group in a previous post. I would like to encourage writers, if at all possible, to join a writing group or start one themselves. (Our group formed when one lady put a classified ad in our local weekly newspaper.)
In the past I’ve written essays and reviews in catalogs but I felt a need to expand on that. I had a desire to try fiction but, being the pragmatic person I am I sensed no spark of imagination in myself. I jumped at the chance to be part of a writing group. I thought being part of a group might stretch my skills and help me develop an imagination.
I’m happy to report that my expectations were realized. Our writing exercises revealed a latent imagination I didn’t know existed. Exposure to other members’ writing genres that I don’t write in and don’t usually read I’ve stretched myself into writing a little science fiction and poetry.
The various members in our group have distinctively different ‘voices’ in their writing. One lady writes beautifully descriptive, lyrical prose. She has inspired me to use more descriptions and search for that perfect phrase in my writing. Our only male writer opens possibilites with his fanciful tales of fantasy. Another writes science fiction. Another is in the final stages of writing a historical fiction novel and readying it for publication.
Above all, the group is an encouragement to write, write, write for the sheer joy of writing.