Wouldn’t he blush to read that? But he said something that I have felt for a few months now, and he said it long before I articulated the thought. Neil Gaiman said:
“Writers groups can be good and they can be bad. Depends on the people in them, and what they’re in them for.
On the whole, anything that gets you writing and keeps you writing is a good thing. Anything that stops you writing is a bad thing. If you find your writers group stopping you from writing, then drop it. ”
I stopped writing for over a month with a brief burst of creativity in between. I really appreciate I’ve been communicating with for the past three months, and I’ve read some really fun work. But now it’s time to move on. It is down to the nature of my genre. I believer that writing futurist work is a little different than writing YA PRN. I love the comments from some of our group and love the idea that “good writing is good writing,” but I also know that most of what I read is not what anothe rperson wiould read as easily. It’s just quriky and technical. I love it. Look up cyberpunk or futurist writing and I’m telling you: that’s what’s on my personal bookshelf.
I perceive the answers I’ve received to technical questions as not noticing the layers of the question. If you speak to a person about an experience, ask what they think and they tell you a story about something else entirely in their life or writing, did I not understand the answer or did they not understand the question?
Perhaps I am wrong, but for a time I need to write and get it all out without justifying or allowing criticism until the piece is done. At the same time, I do not want to spend my energy and my precious non-kiddo time on another person’s work while my own goes unwritten, unless it is someone I already know well.
I’m going to go without a writing group for a while and rely upon the CPs I had in the past, if they have time. But I won’t contact them until the next book is done. And then I’m editing my own work and my lovely CPs.