I Go To Meetings
Today’s Brew: Why am I not drinking coffee right now? Have I lost my mind?
“Hi! My name is Kristen, and I write rock star vampire smut.”
(group reply) “Hi, Kristen.”
I’m not an introvert at all. Neither is Julie. But I know that is not the case for many writers. Thanks to the marvel of social media, we don’t even have to get out from behind our computers to interact with like minded souls. Hell, we don’t even have to wear pants when we chat. As far as the internets are concerned, we all look like our profile pictures 100% of the time.
(Of course Julie and I are glamorous every minute of the day. Don’t waste your time thinking otherwise.)
There is still something to be said for getting out, putting on pants, a little makeup if that’s your thing, and meeting with other writers face to face. This is why I make a point of going to my monthly local RWA (Romance Writers of America, for those of you who don’t speak in acronyms.) We have a presenter every month who will share their expertise in some aspect of the craft of writing or even the business of writing. It’s like a writing class each month. But the most important thing for me is the connections with local writers who I would have never found online. Our chapter has many multipublished authors, as well as newbies, and everything in between. Everyone is treated professionally and with respect. Sometimes we grab lunch afterwards and chat.
The most important thing is I always walk away with something more than I came with, personally and professionally. It puts real faces to the process.
Oh, and I showed up alone to my first meeting. Usually this doesn’t bother me, but I was nervous walking in. I was welcomed just the same. I know for some people, the idea of going somewhere unknown alone is horrifying. But you’re only alone until you say hello to someone.
You might remember Julie and I crashed a mystery writers meeting . Even though we didn’t know a soul there and it wasn’t even our genre, we were welcome, accepted, and even invited back. Me and Julie. Since we’re all in this together, it’s nice to hear about things from a slightly different angle. I mean, we all write suspense, right? If we know what’s going to happen in a story, why bother reading it?
So whether it’s a critique group, meeting, or conference….get out, meet some people, and work on your craft! You’ll be glad you did.