Thursday, July 2, 2015

Joining A Writing Group

     Earlier in the week I attended the first meeting of what will become a local writers group. The group meets close tony house so that makes it real easy to attend.

     Everyone shared the reason they were there, and I was surprised at the varied responses. Most were what I would call typical, and one was a little mystifying.

     What I want out of the group is the occasional critique, how to write query letters and pitch stories, and the marketing of your books.

     I think we will have a good time, but we will need some experienced published authors to join our group. I think it’s critical to our groups success.

     So here’s to an interesting and exciting new journey.

     Do you belong to a writing group? What are the things you like about your group?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Add Value In All You Write

     Today I put out a message on Twitter asking what people thought I should focus on with this new blog. The majority of comments suggested I have a focus and stay with it. Having a focus will allow visitors to know what to expect. And I couldn’t agree more.
     My original intent with this blog was to document my journey as a writer, and I’ll still do that. But I also want to add some value to the readers.
     While watching the streaming video of WordCamp Las Vegas this morning, Chris Brogan, someone who has a pretty good handle on social media and marketing, said something that was very prolific. His advice, quit writing about the tools (i.e. Twitter, FriendFeed), and start using them to enhance your world. Basically, get out from behind the wall and smell the roses.
     I’m guilty of talking about the tools instead of using them to enhance my world. In fact, I deleted about 10 posts I had already started that were tool based. I thought telling you why writers should use Twitter or FriendFeed was the right thing too do. But I don’t think that way anymore. Rather than telling you about tools (which may happen from time to time), what I really want to do is talk about my experiences and how I got there.
     For example, I’m a Twitter user. If you don’t know what Twitter is, I suggest reading this blog post. I use a tool called TweetDeck which monitors all of Twitters communications, and allows me to find information based on search criteria. I’m currently finding a lot of new writers, books, and websites via Twitter. The reason this has value to me is the information I’m tracking is relevant at this moment.
     How is this going to help my writing? How can this help your writing? These are some great questions. I want to use the different streams of information to augment my life experiences, not be the experience. I think I spend more time than is necessary reading all this information. I’m not sure I really need that much.