A couple of years ago, I joined my first writing group. It was fairly small, the attendees mostly beginners, which was perfect for me since I only had a Creative Writing degree and a couple of college lit mag publications under my belt and was very much a n00b.
That group taught me not only how to give constructive critiques of others’ work, but how to accept them. That lesson, however, came from an unexpected source.Read more
Pretty much anything writers do is evil. Sometimes it's awesome evil, like the seminar I just attended in California this weekend – James Scott Bell's Novel and Screenplay Intensive. (More on this exception to my "does not play well with others," not-a-joiner policy later on my personal blog.) Sometimes it's sucky not-fun evil, as the Patron Saint of Evil Writers, our very own Bad Horse Lilith Saintcrow details in her wonderful post on writer's groups and agendas.Read more