I am a professional, freelance writer who is still, as yet unpublished. That will soon change. I have been messing around for about two years doing more talking than writing on a book project that is close to my heart. My plan is to stop messing around and get the manuscript completed so that I can get it out there and start getting feedback on it. I have a daily regimen of working on my book after I have completed my client work.
Then I figured that I can’t be the only one who is writing a book but who also needs the nudging, accountability and moral support of others who share the same goal. So, I am putting out a call to those who are writing their first book and would like the encouragement and support of a small group of fellow writers.
I have been thinking about starting a private Facebook group, which will also have an occasional, group conference call where we can all get on the call and gain encouragement and support and just check in with one another. That’s about as far as I’ve gotten with the idea. Now I wil talk about what this group is not going to be.
This group is not going to be a step-by-step, hold your hand guide to writing your first book. It is not going to be a venue to advertise your services. The sole purpose of the group is to provide mutual encouragement to one another while we are on the path of trying to write a book while also running a business, raising children and husbands, herding cats, and plotting world domination. We will look at the steps to writing a book, you will gather tips for writing a book proposal, a list of suggested reading materials and have immediate access to a dedicated cheering squad that will help keep you motivated and inspired while simultaneously drowning out the persistent voice of your inner critic.
A major caveat that I must mention is that this group is going to have a spiritual fondation–not a religious one, so no worries about anyone trying to convert you to anything or force you to participate in any odd rituals. I believe that we are all spiritual beings and that we come to this planet, embody physical forms for a period of time and then we move on to other realms of existence. I also believe that as spiritual beings we have a Divine SOurce who inspires us. You don’t have to agree with any of this, but I just want to be clear at the outset that there will be some spiritual content, so if this is objectionable to you, this is not the writing group for you.
There will be a membership fee to join this group, but I am still working out what the monthly dues should be. If you are interested in participating in such a group, please leave a comment, or send me an email at: ebb567 AT gmail DOT com. I am going to create a quick little survey to find out what people want out of such a group and then write a follow-up post.
Please join us if you feel like you’ve got a book in you that is yearning to get out. The world is waiting to hear what you have to say. Imagine how freaking awesome you will feel when you are holding your published book in your hands for the first time. Now let’s get started writing a book together.