Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Probably You Should Tell Your Writing Group

So, I sorta kinda quit my writing group.
And by that I mean I ignored all the group updates and the notifications that my submissions were due...
Because I'm busy and doing school and work and blah blah blah.
Mostly, I was trying to convince myself that I wasn't quitting. I would have time...eventually for sending feedback and posting my own submissions.
But, really, I knew I couldn't keep up. And I didn't tell my group. Because I didn't want to feel like a flake. And because I sorta forgot. But then one of my group members read my post about how I'm not working on my novel right now because it's not the time. And she called me out on it.

Moral of the story is, probably you should tell your writing group when you quit. And here's the thing: It's okay to move on. Or to let your group move on without you. It's okay to say, "I can't do this anymore". But, it's better to let your group know so they don't keep expecting you to be there and hoping for your feedback and not getting it. and not getting it. and not getting it.

To my writing group (because I know some of you read this): I"m sorry I didn't tell you. I'm still learning that I can't take on the whole world. But, I'd also like to say that you've been an AWESOME group. You've all given me a lot of very helpful feedback, and I really enjoyed reading each of your stories (I won't lie, I'm really holding out for Winston the most). I appreciate the times when we got to just chat about our stories a bit and work through some issues. Overall, the group has been a great learning opportunity for me. Thanks Bruce, Susan, and Michelle! Good luck with your writings. :)

Write on!

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