The Road Thus Far

My writing and crit group buddy, Satima Flavell, has written a lovely reprise of my novel-writing journey of the last couple of years, leading up to the pending publication of my first novel with Musa Publishing. Not only that, her post is also a vivid recollection of the formation of our crit group Wa Egoboo. You can read the story at our ‘team blog’ here.

I feel so fortunate to be a part of this group, now seven members strong, all speculative fiction writers but still a diverse bunch with many strings to their bows. It has been truly invaluable for inspiration, motivation, excellent critiquing, support, and becoming a more aware writer  – both of craft and industry – as well as a hub of great friendships.

Thanks and hugs to Satima Flavell, Carol Ryles, Sarah Lee Parker, Helen Venn, Keira McKenzie and Laura E. Goodin! Links to the blogs of these awesome individuals can be found to your right under ‘Favourite Blogs’.


7 thoughts on “The Road Thus Far

  1. I think a good writing group is worth its weight in gold. Not only can you share your creative process with someone who understands, but also get valuable feedback, as well as the opportunity to contribute towards someone else’s development.


    • I totally agree, and as well as feedback and supporting each other’s development, I’d say the single biggest contributor to getting a handle on my writing craft has been critting the work of others, especially where that has been over the process of a whole novel, and through a number of rewrites of a novel. It gives such a clear view of the ‘building’ process of a novel (which I knew nothing about, basically) – what works and what doesn’t, what choices are made and why, and so forth.


  2. Yes, we’ve been very fortunate, haven’t we? As a group, I think we trust each other enough to speak honestly and to accept criticism with a certain degree of humility. Thank heaven none of us is a prima donna! (But maybe soon Jo will be a prima autrice!)


    • Equal portions of humility and self-belief work wonders. I was going to say ‘For all of us, the sky’s the limit’ ~ but then remembered this saying ‘Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon’! Haha. 🙂


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