Have you ever thought about attending a Lewis County Writer’s Guild meeting, but figured it was just a bunch of stuffy writers discussing the merits of the Oxford comma? Regular writer for this website, Jim Middleton, provides a peek into what happens at our meetings. After reading this, I hope potential members will understand why we love going to critique meetings every Friday, and that we welcome and encourage everyone who wants to join our merry band of writers.
A Typical Critique Meeting
by Jim Middleton (originally posted on Facebook)
You sit down to start writing for the day. A hundred, two hundred words. It might as well be transcribing the Gettysburg Address, anything to get your hands and the different parts of your brain working together. You keep going, it starts to turn into something after a couple pages. Get up, walk around, get another cup of tea, whatever. Think about what you are writing. Sit down, keep going. Etc.
Time comes for the writer’s guild meeting. Ten people sitting around upstairs at a long table in a coffee house. Talking about whether writing story lines for online games is writing. What the proper conjugation of a verb is, and the correct modifier for an organization name in latin to be used in a story. And even more importantly, whether it sounds enough like latin. What the first book was that the Chehalis library bought. Whether throwing axes were used in medieval England. How many book titles are published in this country every year, how many people per year here buy a book.
Oh man, Kyle’s right, I need to learn marketing skills now.
Getting your story critiqued and realizing that your favorite line yanks people out of the story. Explaining show don’t tell and how you need to vary everything in your story to keep the reader’s attention. Talking about how in someone’s story, instead of the protagonist driving home from work and getting stopped by construction barricades and being forced to go down an alley, the heroine wheels up on her Vespa, gets stopped by a crew of strutting ravens, who flock all over her, and guide her down the alley. Depends on what you want to get across. Pretty soon, four hours have gone by.
It’s time to get up, sit down, type a hundred or two words, get your brain and hands working together again.
LOL. You realize you really like this life.