Turning Wheels and Changing Tides

“Most writers are in a state of gloom a good deal of the time; they need perpetual reassurance.”
— John Hall Wheelock 

 It’s been an interesting year.  November and the beginning of December 2011 have been particularly rough months.  I’ve undergone a lot of changes, some for better, some for worse, and some…I don’t even know yet.  Maybe those I’ll figure out a little farther down the line.

These past few weeks I’ve been suffering from depression and some serious mental lapses.  (As in, “I forgot to go clean that house today” kinds of mental lapses.  Which is bad when half of my income is from cleaning.)  And while I don’t think I’m clinically depressed, I haven’t been very chipper either.  I feel like…I’ve lost my place in the world…or found out that I never actually had a place to begin with.  I haven’t felt like a writer, a reader, or an otaku…just a failure.  Yeah, it’s all very strange and muddled and I’m hoping that some of the bright spots that have happened within the past few days will pull me out of this grey tide back into a place where I’m content, even if I’m not happy per se.

I do think that, on this, the eve of the Winter Solstice, I have reached one of those turning points, thanks to my friend and fellow writer, Foxglove Zayuri.  

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Pros and Cons of Writing Groups

I personally don’t have much experience with writing groups.  I’ve never officially joined one and find the idea of doing so unappealing and intimidating.  It’s hard enough for me to share portions of my work with close friends, let alone near-strangers, especially since I am not good at summaries.  I’m sure a few readers will think, “Well, if you don’t try to get to know them, of course they’ll remain near-strangers and you’ll never feel comfortable sharing your work.”  True.  But I would rather gravitate towards friends who already like to talk about writing and slowly create a group that way.

The success or failure of a writing group really depends on the people in it.  If you are in a group that has people you trust who will give you honest, solid feedback, then I think you’ll have fun and improve your writing.  But if the others in your group don’t give good feedback and are not decent writers themselves, then neither you nor your writing will have much fun.  Some writing groups do weekly or monthly writing assignments or exercises for their members to participate in, and if that’s something you and your fellow writers are interested in, go for it.  However, don’t get so bogged down in exercises and “being a writer” that you forget to have fun.

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