I went to an ANWA meeting last night. It’s an LDS women’s writer group. I read my first chapter to them and when one of the women (who is published) said, “yep, you are a writer.” I can’t tell you how thrilling that was to hear!
We use labels to help define who we are. I felt I was a writer, but when someone else, who is published, says it. It helps confirm and motivate.
My sister, Amy told me about ANWA when I told her I was writing a book. Now that I have had some help in starting the editing of the book, I felt like I could start to get some real critique of the book too. Some fresh eyes.
My friend Rebecca belongs to the ANWA chapter here, so last night I tagged along with her. It was AMAZING! They had great feedback and I learned a ton. I have a list of books that I would like to read now, including some of the groups work.
I know I won’t be able to attend every month with Avery’s treatment, but I will definately join and use them to better my writing and maybe get published…one day.