I need some people! A specific brand of people, that is. People who can read my manuscript who are not related to me or who are not a close friend. People who can give me a solid “yea” or “nay” on the thing and I’ll feel like I can really trust that they aren’t just being nice.
Not that I have anything against nice people.
(Side note: I want to make it clear that I am infinitely grateful to those people who have, so far, read my WIP and given me feedback. Even though they are all nice and some of them are family members. You know who you are.)
But, I get “people envy” when I read some of my favorite authors’ blogs and they talk about their writing group that meets to discuss a few pages of each other’s current WIPs, have scintillating conversations about what makes a character tick, and – I suspect – maybe toss back a few margaritas and have some laughs together.
How ‘bout you folks out there? Do you have a writing group you meet with on a regular basis? How did you originally connect with them? Part of my problem is that I live in a small town - the nearest larger town is half an hour away. It’s a college town and, judging by the message boards on the last Nanowrimo, many of the writer-types I would find there would be college kids and I’m afraid I would feel like the old lady in the crowd, which would just fuel my impending mid-life crisis.
I’m about an hour and a half from the Twin Cities which would not be an insurmountable distance to drive once a month. But how do I find the people?
Any suggestions? Anyone? Bueller?