Writer Groups

I have recently moved into a new home and a new city. With this change I’m also trying a career shift from engineering to writing.

It’s been a big change to stay home all day and take care of the house. I don’t work outside the home, but that doesn’t mean I don’t work. I’d love to spend eight hours a day writing, but I am often distracted by household chores. When you don’t leave the home, it’s not easy to log the kind of time you’d like doing one specific task.

The other thing about the new city is I can find writer’s groups! It is no longer an hour drive to the nearest town large enough to host some writers with similar interests, and I am finding it a joy to be around so many like-minded people. The drawback is I can’t join them all, no matter how much I like the people.

Recently I visited the Iowa Romance Novelists. Through them, I have a lead on a critique group and I also met one of the ladies from Penwomen. This week I researched a Children’s Writing Group (SCBWI) and I’ve been in contact with a couple of their members, too. They all have so many different benefits and activities through the year. I find it difficult not to overextend myself and try to do them all. (Always a bad idea!)

P.S. Holly gave some great advice about picture books in her last comment. It’s a shift in perception of the book I think it will take me some time to accomplish. Thank you!