Do you ever have one of those days where you find something and go "Cool! This is fun!" Well, I found some of my old poetry. So, tell me what you think... unless it sucks...
Being nice--you know, the sweet,
Quiet wallflower who smiles
Brightly as You release
Frustration upon her shoulders.
A five foot, three inch Atlas
Character forced to merely Exist
as a Prop for this Giant Promethian Challenge
Well, that satisfied my need to validate my poetry, which brings me to a subject I've been thinking about today. A fellow writer-friend of mine is on the down side of her writing. We've all experienced it... Or at least those of us who are more human than android have. Sometimes writers need validated, and that is a very difficult thing to get when you are not published or winning contests. We need someone to tell us that our dream is worth while, that our writing is valuable, and that we don't suck Easter eggs.
And sometimes, we don't get that. I hear all the time (and it's true), writing is a solitary occupation.
BUT there are ways to make it less so:
Join an on-line writers' group
Join a critique group (RMFW has some, RWA has a million...)
Join a writers group (a live one)
Go to conferences (The Colorado Gold is a GREAT One, and I'm going to the Crested Butte Writers' this year, too)
Go to workshops (RMFW is offering some, see Vicki's earlier posts)
Enroll in a Creative Writing class
Okay, that's all I can think of off the top of my head. But the theme here is, GET OUT THERE and SOCIALIZE! if writing is a solitary life, it's because you're allowing it to be.
And I think that's as much for me, as for anyone else. A reminder not to sit in my house and mope, but to get out, get the stink blown off me (as my mother used to say), and get the brain juices flowing...