The Value of a Writing Community

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This morning I had breakfast with three members of my writers’ group–it’s something I look forward to each and every month. Our Breakfast Club. Our favorite spot is Melrose Place: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melrose-Place-Family-Restaurant/138793829468192 And our usual waitress, who is excellent, is Ashley.

We first started meeting because writing for most of us is a solitary pursuit. I’m not sure I’d even like writing as part of a team, like the writers who create scripts for a television series. I’m sure there are some rewards, certainly as a fan of various shows I can see the layers of meaning that would either take half a dozen edits or half a dozen eyes while it’s coming together.

For me, the value of my writing community is the support I have on a day-to-day basis. That pep talk when I get a so-so review. That word of encouragement when I present a new idea. That question that makes me look critically at my work. And nothing beats the satisfaction of helping a friend in need and being there for them.

Children's Writers' Round Robin group in 2009
Children's Writers' Round Robin group in 2009

We’re called the “Robins” and live online at: http://books4kids.ca


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