Practicing What We Preach

pad and pencilWe belong to a local writers association. Membership is open to writers, published or not, and writer wannabes. All genres are welcome including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, children’s and YA lit.

Recently a couple of us decided we wanted to start a separate critique group. We were not leaving the “parent” group but wanted to start a small team of writers interested in creative non-fiction.

We posted an announcement of our intentions to form this group along with a sign up sheet. Six people signed up. Before the next monthly meeting, two of us created a brief bio sheet for the members to complete and an adaptation of the checklist we at Team Powered Success use with other teams. At the next meeting we again posted the sign up sheet.

We set a day, time and location for the first meeting and announced that to the four others by email. The day of the first meeting came, and there was just the two of us. One did excuse themselves because of a prior commitment.

So the two of use filled out our bio sheets, discussed what we wanted to accomplish, filled out the checklist and sent copies to the others along with the date for the second meeting. At the second meeting there were three of us.

[Team Development 101: Don’t count your chickens before . . . .]

One of us has a draft of a memoirs, another has a draft of a manual on team development and the third has a draft of a book on investing.

So we had our “first” meeting. Two of us brought the first five pages of our works, which we reviewed and critiqued.  We’ll meet again in three weeks. In the meantime, see if we can locate a couple of more bodies for the team.

We’ll keep you informed.

Comments welcomed!




About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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