Do you want to know what embodies a great focus writing group? Dedication to craft, commitment and a comfortable personality mix. The Rogues Gallery Writers have been meeting weekly for years now. We’ve undergone a couple member changes, but we never missed a beat. In fact, my opinion stands that we’ve grown stronger as a group, as writers, and as friends.
Dedication comes into play in our meetings as we go over news and insights about writing and publishing that we can all use in our individual endeavors. We each stay connected to the writing world and bring what we’ve learned to each other as topics allow. We each absorb so much information each week about writing and publishing, we could never exchange it all. But when a topic comes up or a question gets thrown out to the group, invariably someone has an answer.
The Rogues commit to meeting weekly. Sure we’re tired. Sure we each have our own set of familial issues, work issues, life issues, but we always find a way to get to our meetings. Sometimes someone gets sick. Thanks to Bridget, we’re in the habit of taking minutes of our meetings, so the person who could not attend at least gets caught up on important happenings within the group.
While we’ve completed two books together as a group now, we each maintain our individual writing tasks. I believe we all benefit from our collective undertakings in our private writing pursuits. We’ve built a camaraderie like the Musketeers, all for one and one for all. As diverse as our writing styles are, the precepts of writing apply to most all genres. I always come away from a Rogues meeting pumped up.
Our personalities gelled over a year ago, and we feel we’ve produced a helluva book in The Method Writers. The book has just been sent off for final edit, so we’re particularly excited at this point. Writing is a passion, a pursuit one does not go after unless infected by the writing bug. Writing is something an author MUST do. I must say, writing with these authors is nothing short of an honor.
Cheers fellow Rogues!