Are you an aspiring or accomplished writer? Do you live in Southwestern Idaho? Here is an opportunity for you to get some help or provide some, or both! As any writer knows, there are many pitfalls in all types of writing. Some struggle for ideas, some struggle for technique, some struggle for self-confidence, but nearly every writer has some struggles.
Often when attempting to find solutions for these struggles, we find that there are few who understand the difficulties. People who do not write for publication or who do not constantly read often do not fathom what it takes to become a successful writer.
In many cases, successful writers don’t completely understand what it takes to become successful. Many simply do what they do without a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and requirements.
How does a proofreader differ from an editor? How does a story line begin; where does it end? How do you incorporate dialog into the plot? How does technical writing compare and differ from creative writing? How much effort should a writer expend on that opening paragraph? By the way, what is a paragraph? Should a writer create an outline for every writing endeavor?
A few published and unpublished writers have formed an informal group to discuss these issues and more. We are planning to meet on a monthly basis. Together, we hope to encourage and help one another improve the skills of writers, or help aspiring writers enter the realm. We have had one meeting and have now scheduled the second.
We encourage all to join our group. The more who come, the more ideas we might exchange. If you don’t know how to get started, maybe together we can help you. Do you feel like you are well on your way to being a successful writer? Good, help the rest of us get some direction. Do you have a manuscript or article (or a partial?) Bring it along for an objective reading by other writers.
The next meeting of the Southwest Valley Writers Group will be taking place at the Kuna Library at 9:00 AM on October 12, 2013. Along with the meeting there will be a discussion of The Shape of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut. There are books that various successful writers have written to help writers get started. At our first meeting we came up with the names of several. This happens to be the first to be presented to the group.
If you would like to be a part of the group, show up on
Saturday, October 12. If you would like to join our Facebook group, it is called the Southwest Valley Writers Group, you are welcome to visit the page and join. If you have something written that you would like to bring to the meeting to read to the group, or have read by the group, for opinions or suggestions, please bring
it with you. This group is still