Back in 2002 I started a writing group with some friends of mine who enjoyed writing and lived close. We didn’t know exactly what we were supposed to do but we loved getting together sharing our stories or doing assignments. We all had a goal to be published someday but I don’t think we really understood at the beginning what we needed to do to get there.
Below is a list of some assignments we’ve done over the years.
- Put a list of genre’s on scraps of paper in a hat/basket and draw one. Then write a 3 page short story with that genre. I remember getting westerns and dying because I had no idea what to write about.
- Find a random photo online or two and write a 3 page story about the scene. This one worked really well.
- Take a mythology character and create a backstory for them and set it in modern times.
- Write a 3 page story using dialogue without saying he says or she says.
Our name has morphed over the years. We were originally called ‘The Metaphors’. Now we are called WOC: Writers of Canada. It’s really an inside joke. One of our members lives about 20-30 minutes away from the location we usually meet at. He often remarks that he cannot come because he doesn’t have a passport or that it’s too far to drive to Canada, etc. Hence our new name was christened.
Over the years we’ve stopped for periods of time due to babies and weddings but we always continued to write on our own. Our members have come and gone due to moving, time commitments and disinterest. We’ve had one member publish several books and another who is about to publish her debut novel in the spring. It’s been so much fun seeing their success. We’ve been to writing conferences together and have even branched out to joining other writing groups. This summer, however, it seems out group has disbanded and I am left looking for a new group.
I hope to be joining a local group that one of our member’s is attending on Friday nights once-a-month. I’ve also joined an online writing critique group that has already helped me out so much. It feels like I am starting over because I don’t know many of the members but I am looking at it as a huge step forward. I am excited to see what new things I can discover about my writing with their help both good and bad.
What have you started over recently when it comes to writing?