I enjoy being part of a writing group because it keeps my writing real. I can look at something I have written, and think there is nothing I want to change. Every two weeks a couple of us send in their prose, poetry, or parts of their novel. When you are brave enough to send it to the group, you await their critique, in a sense of nervous tension.
The trouble is my ideas far outweigh the reality of what is on the page. I imagine all sorts of scenarios for my characters, only for it to be shot down in flames. For example, in my opening scene, for my current work in progress, I wanted there to be an accident – well more murder – but to look like an accident.
I didn’t realise quite how difficult that could be – so it’s not quite back to the journal, but I need to do some research. What do I type into Google? I’m not really sure, but it would take some explaining.