So I contacted the leader of my local writers’ group a while ago with the idea of joining them and improving my writing with some feedback. So far so good. Months passed and I forgot all about it. This morning I got an email asking me along to one of their meetings for a ‘trial’.
Which gives me a dilemma. I’m not terribly confident with my writing yet and they want me to read out an extract of about 1500 words! Help!
Several things leap to mind. Firstly: the thought of reading out something which I have written is really scary. It makes me feel really nervous just to think about it never mind how I’ll feel when I actually have to do it. Secondly: how do I decide what to read? Do I go with a short story or an extract from the novel? I guess if I want some constructive criticism of my writing I should choose part of the novel as this would be most useful. But the novel is the roughest of first drafts and I’m not sure it’s fir to see the light of day.
So what to do? There’s a bit of me that wants to duck out altogether but that won’t help to improve my writing one little bit. Also, if I can’t bear to read out my own writing why should anyone else want to read it? I need to get over this silly reluctance to share. If anyone has the magic bullet that will give me tons of confidence, let me know!
So this week it’s less about What I’m Writing and more about What I’ll Be Reading (with luck).