You all belong to Word Wenches, obviously. Is there another writers' group or organization in your life that gives you support and enjoyment? Or is there another, perhaps altogether different, formal or informal group that influences your writing or help you in your writing life?
Mary Jo says:
There are so many valuable writing groups that it belies the idea that writing is a solitary profession! Most writers love to get together and talk about writing, the business, and, of course, our work sin progress. My first group was the Maryland Romance Writers, the local chapter of the Romance Writers of America. There were only ten members, but they knew a lot more about writing and publishing than I did. I'm still a member of MRW, it's grown much larger, and it's still very supportive.
All RWA groups, both regional and national, have been great places where I've learned and met lifelong friends, including most of the Word Wenches. I have a special fondness for Novelists, Inc. which is for popular fiction authors from all genres. It's always offered terrific support for the business of writing, and it's become a leader in helping writers master the emerging world of independent publishing.
Yet the Word Wenches are unique. We all write and love historical novels, and there is structure because we've all committed to posting regularly on this blog. That's business, but we've gone beyond that to become a sisterhood. We share information and laughter and offer sympathy for life's downs as well as congratulations on the ups. Not to mention sharing pet pictures and stories. <G> We like each other, we cheer each other on, and there is no queen bee. Which is why we're still here, doing what we do and enjoying it.
I second what Mary Jo said about writing no longer being the solitary occupation it used to be. Email and affordable phone calls has changed all that. I have writing friends all over the world, with whom I can talk over a writing problem or brainstorm an idea or share a piece of writing.