A month has gone by since I promised myself that I would get my electronic world in order and blog twice a week. I also promised myself that I would not give into the temptation to publish personal banalities when I have nothing interesting to report. But that’s not it, either. I have a couple of good posts that require some audio/video editing, and I just haven’t had time to do them justice.
I’m attending the Cape Cod Writers Conference, on which more will follow. And, Oh, yes, I got some fascinating stuff on my ‘groped’ request. More on that shortly.
They always say “Join writing groups”. When I started out, I was skeptical. After all, my voice is my voice. Could other people perfect it? But, ‘they’ always say to join writing groups … So …
There are quite a few groups where I live and work, and I’ve been lucky to find a couple that I really like. Having found them, I’m learning their value. First off, listening to other voices makes one’s own voice stronger, better. At risk of being obscure, it’s a little like the bracing that keeps the soundboard of a guitar from warping. In a fine instrument, the luthier shapes the bracing by shaving away parts that are unnecessary, leaving the soundboard as strong as it was before the shaping but more responsive … clearer sounding. That’s what a writing group does, at least for me. Torturing the musical simile a little more, having a good writer look at your own stuff is a little like listening to covers of a song you know well done by other musicians. You always love the original, but the covers broaden your horizons.