I’ve got a bit of news today that I’m excited to share. I’m active on Twitter and have been for a while now as I move more and more beyond just a casual writer. I’ve made contact with other published authors, editors, and agents able to interact with them in both a professional and casual manner. Getting history book recommendations from or sharing a joke about ketchup preferences with established fantasy writers remains worth bragging about from time to time.
So, the news (the title spoils it to be honest) is that I recently came across a tweet from another writer looking to start a writing group specifically comprised of fantasy writers. I saw it and replied almost instantly telling him I was interested. From there, we both tweeted out the writing group inquiry and within a day we had three other writers join us! So, we are working out the details and figuring out how we are going to do this.
Let me expound a bit on the importance of this. There’s been this jealousy I’ve had of other writers who have been part of writing groups and make mention of their appreciation for the group in their journey to publishing. By no means do I consider this a sure thing for getting published (there’s more legwork to do on my part) but I do think it will be invaluable to have four more people read my work and give me advice and suggestions that serve only to improve the story as a whole.
Since I’ve been rewriting the second half of my Ravanguard novella, I think that will be the first of my stories to put through the group’s hands. I will absolutely be giving casual updates on how the group impacts me too. Hopefully, it is something that becomes a stable resource for me. I also look forward to establishing relationships with these other writers who I know will impact me in a positive light.
There’s no Call to Action today but I will say this: God bless every parent who did not throw in the towel when their newborn decided it wanted to be fussy for hours on end. Our little bundle of drool and grunts has decided he will do as he pleases and me and my wife try to figure out the best ways to get him to sleep (bouncing, rocking, shushing, etc.). Pray for us, lol.