Over the last decade or so, I’ve written tens of thousands of words. Every once in a while I think how Charles Dickens or Ernest Hemingway might have felt about the tools the writer has today. Were they alive my excuses for not finishing a project on time would fall flat and, in regards to Mr. Hemingway for sure, they might even punch me in the face.
Today, the writer has thousands of tools. Occasionally, I get distracted by the sheer volume. I think, maybe if I have XYZ tool then, for sure, I’ll become a much better writer! This, as you know, is foolishness.
The one resource that has never failed to get me going or keep me focused is my writers group, the Weaklings. They are my comrades in arms pushing me forward when I need to press onward. They are my refuge and friend in the foxhole, when the charge ahead is becoming too much. They never cease to be present and check in.
Sure, that program can instantly create an amazing outline. But can it read the manuscript for plot holes? Paying for that writer’s magazine can help find a list of agents, but can it connect you with one? Also, what software out there will tell you gently, with a firm voice and warmth in their eyes that what you are writing is not up to snuff and you’ll have to give the draft another go?
People are essential. It’s one of the reasons we created Jot. No, it might be the reason. We realized that we have a connected group helping each other through writing quagmires. But other’s do not. We wanted to create a space where that is possible.
To those who consistently attend Jot, thank you. But I ask something of you. How about step out and be bold. If you don’t have a writer’s group, why not try to create one there, on the spot?
Sharing your work is not a sure way to become a New York Times Bestseller. But, it is a sure way to grow as a writer and lighten the load. They may even buy one of your books if you work hard enough to finish one.
How has a writing confidant helped you grow?
Check in later in June for details about the next Jot Coming in September!