If you read my previous post, you’ll know that I was recently very close to calling it quits in the writing department. I want to share with you one of the biggest factors that helped me to run fast and far away from that horrible idea.
I have five awesome cheerleaders for Team Karen.
I know, lucky, right?
Last July, I moved from Utah to Georgia, leaving my awesome, cheerleading critique group behind. I think we tried to do critiques via email a couple times, but it just didn’t work. There was no commitment, “no time,” and it flopped. So here I was, thousands of miles away from my support system. No wonder I wanted to quit.
And then my dear friend Chersti–a.k.a. Head Cheerleader–had a genius idea: why don’t I video chat with them during group? (Aaaaaah! Angels from on high. Singing sweet, sweet music.) We ended up going with a cool little feature from Google Plus. It’s called a Hangout.
Occasionally, we do get a little distracted…
But we’re loving it. I can still be a part of my critique group, even though I live 2,000 miles away.
I’m a firm believer that every writer needs a support system–their own cheerleaders ra-ra-ra-ing them on through the goods and the bads of the writing process. Personally, I need a group of other writers. My husband, family, friends, etc. are great fans in the bleachers, but I need someone who knows what things look and smell like down on the field.
I also need a set practice schedule–we meet on this day, at this time, every week. Be there or we hunt you down. If I don’t have that kind of structure, things don’t happen. And as I found out, I have to have my cheerleaders.
Who are your cheerleaders? Have you found a way to make a long-distance critique group work?