The business of writing is not mystical or special. Writing is tough and thankless work and I don’t know a working writer who has time to stop to attend a writer’s group because the author is either in the middle of a deadline or is collapsing after just hitting a drop-dead date.
So who attends these Writer groups, Writer workshops and Writer meetings?
Non-writing writers and writer wannabees.
Talking about writing only keeps you from writing.
For me to go to an in-person “Writer’s” meeting will take up half a work day getting there, meeting, and getting back.
I don’t know any working writer willing to give up half a day for the nonsense of chatting about writing in a group.
Sure, writers are lonely people, but that’s part of the job description.
Even online writing workshops leave a lot of be desired because people love to talk about writing instead of just writing.
If you’re young and interested in writing as a career — don’t go to Writer meetings!
Shun the Writers workshop!
Skip the therapy-group-as-artistic-outlet and devote 100% of your remaining free breaths to putting down words for association on paper because your Writers workshop is in the palm of your hands and erupting from your fingers.
Honor that creative impulse. Don’t get caught up in the pretend world of talking about writing instead of just writing.