Writing can be a lonely trade. We do have our characters to keep us company and amuse or amaze us with their exploits. Where did that come from? - I never planned for Suzie to storm out on her family. Who killed Archie? – that wasn’t in my mental draft. Sometimes they live so independently of the storyline I had so surely plotted that I almost believe they could be real.
But they’re not real. And in any
event, so obsessed are they with their own lives they never take the time out
to talk to me!
I’m not currently a member of a
writing group or have a writing buddy. But I do value social media. I use Facebook
for close interaction with a small circle of family, friends and newly found
writer friends. Twitter opens up a much larger world. I like the brevity of the
140 character conversations, listening in to others, joining in a conversation that
interests me, seeing what my fellow writers are up to.
But when I really want a chat
about writing, I join a group of like-minded writers on Wednesday evenings
between 8 – 9pm UK time. We meet online for a general natter, to share ideas,
learn from each other and indulge in some light hearted banter. You can find us
using the hashtag #writingchat.
Why not be sociable, pop along on a Wednesday evening and