Writing FriendsI still remember the day, fourteen years ago, that my non-writing friend found out I had written a romance. She told me there was a group called Romance Writers of America. I didn’t own a computer, so I started making phone calls. It took me a while to find a number for the Sacramento Chapter, but when I called, Patti Berg answered all of my questions. She had just published her first novel and she was sooo nice to talk to and so encouraging. And that’s exactly what I’ve experienced since joining RWA--other writers who are encouraging, supportive and most of all, understanding. Because who else but a writer understands us? We have character’s voices talking to us. We see a news story and instantly have a new idea for a novel. We can’t watch movies without dissecting scenes and dialogue. We’re not like everyone else. My first chapter meeting was no less than thrilling. At that first meeting I met Susan Grant. We were both unpublished and we were both writing paranormals. We ended up critiquing together for years. I also critiqued with Susan Crosby, Caroline Fyffe and Brenda Novak. I learned a lot. Then I started finaling in contests and attending conferences, and every year I meet more wonderful writers. I have yet to meet a writer, best-selling or otherwise, who isn’t willing to share a bit of wisdom picked up along the way.
How about you? How did you find out about RWA? Who was the first writer/author you met? How did it feel to attend your first chapter meeting and/or RWA conference? Did anyone take you under their wing and show you the way?