I’ve been attending writers groups here in Phoenix for the past two months. During that time, I’ve met some really cool people and learned a ton about writing. I’m actually shocked how much I’ve learned. I thought, because most of the members are somewhat inexperienced, I’d have to take a lot of critique with a grain of salt.
Boy howdy, was I wrong.
Sitting down with a group of writers of all experience levels is crazy beneficial (totes ma goats!.. that’s right, I said it). I’ve even noticed that some people who aren’t amazing writers (in my opinion) give amazing feedback. One guy has even led me to rewrite my novel’s first chapter (the response has been amazing so far).
Needless to say, I’m very pleasantly surprised. Here’s why:
I like to think I’m pretty self aware when it comes to things. But, with writing, it’s impossible to separate yourself completely once the work is done. You know – in every detail – what happens and why. And because of that you make assumptions that may or may not be true.
OK I could go on and on about this. But, as young whipper snappers these days say, the proof is in the pudding.
A couple months ago, I posted a short story called “The SEE Tree.” I’ve taken that story to writers group and implemented lots of feedback. The result is shorter in some ways but more detailed in others. Now that I’ve run the entire story through writers group, I want to share it again.
To any of you who read the first version, I encourage you to scan this one and let me know what you think. The good news is, if you hate it, I can just blame writers group. Yay for scapegoats!!!
P.S. If you want to read it, but don’t want to scroll down this huge page, click here to download a PDF version.