Thursday, January 13, 2011

I Need...

... a writing group. Or a critique group. Something to keep me focused.

When I was editing/beta reading all the time, my motivation was endless. I used to write night after night for anywhere between a half hour and 10-12 hours a day. Now I can't find the motivation.

I've had little critique groups going, but they're completely dissolved. It seems like every grouping I come into is usually the tail end of it, right before one or more people have to give up (the best group I ever had *I* was the one who had to quit it.).

How do you find a group? Or a grouping of bloggers? Even one of my favorite blog groupings, the old Critique This WIP fell to the wayside. I love collaborative blogs, but even they seem to fall apart eventually. I've love to take part in one, but they don't just form overnight.

I guess I'm looking for some connection, someway to keep focused. Writing seems to be a lot like working out, it's fun to do, but easier to push yourself when someone's standing next to you adding up the weight on the bar. Or monitoring your word count. Or whatever.

How do you all do it? Where do you find that motivation to type the first line without deleted it and turning on Dexter season 4?



  1. I've been looking for the same thing!

    I have one close CP, who's fantastic, but sometimes a group gives a broader perspective - everyone has different strengths. Unfortunately, it's so hard to find people that you can really click with - I've tried several other exchanges and they just haven't worked.

    But, I'd love to form a crit group (or a motivational group ;-) )if anyone is interested and give it another shot!

  2. If you're serious about that, we could do some asking around, see what we can come up with? It's great having groups of people with various writing genres and age groups to just get a whole other perspective on what we're doing.

  3. I'm definitley serious! Count me in :)

  4. Crit groups have both benefits and drawbacks. I moderate one and we're open for up to two members.

    Contact me for more details if you're intersted.

    I came by your post via Dean Sault's blog.