Nine years ago I was fortunate to find a really high calibre writing group. Four years ago I found a different, yet equally excellent, second group.
Prior to these groups, I’d been bumbling around trying to find people who could help me develop as a writer and hadn’t found what I was looking for. Just at that moment when I was deciding to actually start working towards publication, I finally found them. I feel very lucky.
What I’ve come to realise though, as 2013 has progressed, is that what I need has changed. It made me very sad to realise this, because it’s the natural precursor to me leaving them.
There are great people in both groups who I’ll no doubt only see at the occasional convention or book launch once I do. I will miss those wonderful guys and gals.
But, I’ve made some great friends who I hope I’ll know far into the future and that’s really been the added bonus of my writing group experience. I’ve grown as a writer and I’m proud of where my craft is at – very much thanks to all that feedback – but I didn’t have any writer-friends ten years ago and that’s a revolution in itself.