You Come Here Often?

We Restless Writers are still swooning over the great Twitter chat (Twat? Oh dear…) last week with the writing group from Calgary. One question we kept asking – and getting asked – was how we (the Restless Writers) met. It began like many of today’s great relationships do: online.

I had taken some writing workshops with Brian Henry and he suggested that I find a critiquing group for my work in progress. I had no clue how to organize, find or join such a group so Brian offered to put an ad in his popular e-newsletter.

It was like match.com for writers: “Single, writing female seeks same for mutually beneficial relationship. Groups ok.” I received e-mails from an established writer (whose group had broken up a few years prior) and another writer who, along with her friend, was looking to start a formal group that focused more (or at least equally) on the writing as it did on the wine.

Getting ready for our first meeting was like preparing for a blind date: Will they like me? Will I like them? Do I have the goods to keep them interested? We had a meal together and although things didn’t work out with the other writer, Beckie, Maria and I decided to keep going. Now here we are, over a year later, still as enamoured with each other as ever.

Although the wine flows freely and we drown ourselves in a river of melted Brie, the Restless Writers do eventually focus on the job at hand. I’ve basically re-written the first 100 pages of my WIP and it wouldn’t have happened without this group. And we’re not benefitting solely from the critiques at these meetings: the ladies are always bringing magazines and books for general interest or inspiration (i.e. when I had sexy-times-writer’s-block I was given Exit to Eden…consider me officially unblocked, ladies…).

For me, this group is essential. They hold me accountable, bolster my self-esteem, help me through the rough spots and make me a better writer. In fact, they have all the qualities you could ask for in a spouse writing group.

LD

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4 responses to “You Come Here Often?

  1. It’s such a romantic beginning…unlike our rather clinical one. Still meant to be, though [Cue music…Nah, forget the music, just pass the wine and the brie, please].

  2. Ah, and the romance is still alive! We’re all meeting tonight for Maria’s birthday. And I don’t recall if we have any pages due….an agenda….or umm, anything related to writing. But hey, it’s social connectivity to keep the dream alive! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Trish L

    Happy Bday Maria! *raises glass* A toast to you! *sigh, wishes for wine*
    Great post again Restless Ones!

    • A belated happy birthday, Maria. I was AWOL from Twitter last night, watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream… Hope it’s a great year. No doubt you brought it in style with the other restless crew.

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