Thursday, February 4, 2010

Looking for Writers...

Are any of my (few) readers interested in writing?  If so, I'm looking for help of a sort.

A long time back my friend Doug mentioned in a book review that he liked Steering The Craft, by Ursula K. Le Guin.  It's a book on writing that (so far, anyway) avoids the obvious idiocies of many of the writing books I've seen  I've read perhaps a third of it and I'm really enjoying it.

Now, here's the problem: STC has a bunch of exercises in it that I really should do, but finding the motivation to do them when my life is full of distractions is hard.  If I had people who, like me, were committed to doing these exercises (and/or writing other things) for each other, it would be a lot simpler for me to make progress.  Surely I can't be the only one who is motivated by external deadlines.

So, I'm contemplating forming some kind of writing group.  If you want to write and are willing to get a copy of this book, it seems like a good place to start.  If you're in the bay area we could get together irregularly to share exercise results.  If we're farther apart we can form an Internet based writing group, sharing results via email, at least.

So, is anyone interested?  If so, please speak up.  I'm serious about this - I have a number of writing projects I want to tackle, and a writing group that is open to just about anything (fiction, non-fiction, excercises like this, etc.) could be very useful.

Drop me an email, reply to this post, or in some way get in touch if you're interested.  Thanks much!

Oh, here's a link to Steering The Craft on Amazon.

3 comments:

  1. Well, your blogging friends are a good place to start, but honestly, I can't imagine finding a minute of time to do this. Doesn't your coworker/former mountain neighbor have a writing group? Or were they just screenplay writers?

    Good luck. Finding a support group is a good way to start.

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  2. I'll check with Rob and see what he says, but I think they were a screen writing group, not a general writing group. Thanks for reminding me!

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  3. Yay! Several friends have stepped forward to join me on this little excursion. For the moment I am going to say we've got enough participants while we figure out how well it works. If we decide we have more room in the future I'll open it back up. Thanks all!

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