Have you ever taken a writing class, attended a workshop or even been part of a writing group? Do you sit at home by yourself and write in a dark room, staring only at your laptop screen? Everybody’s writing style is different, and we all write according to what is comfortable for us. But if you really are going to self-publish your book this year, maybe it’s time to get out of your comfort zone.
There are many different types of writing workshops, and they are often tailored for different genres, audiences and style or writing / writer, but they are all useful, and here’s why.
- If nothing else, a writer’s workshop gets you in the mood for writing and more often than not you will find yourself going home and writing solidly for several hours. It’s inspirational, and it will get you into a good habit.
- You’ll gain valuable ideas. No matter what you talk about in your workshop, whether you’re discussing how to write real life stories or taking inspiration from artwork, the ideas that you gain during the workshop will almost certainly drip into existing work that you have, or lead to something new.
- You’ll meet fellow writers and have people to test ideas out on, as well as other stories to listen to. Having people to talk to about your ideas before you put them to paper is invaluable, and the more people you network with during your workshop, the more buddies you’ll have who will be keen to read your book, review your book and help you with social media marketing once it’s published. Writers support their own, don’t you know, and what more could you ask for than a friend who will understand your trials and tribulations every step of the way.
- You might have the opportunity to gain professional feedback. Most people that lead writer’s workshops are published writers themselves, and not only will they give you feedback on anything that you produce during the workshop, but if you are lucky then they might also offer to give you some feedback on any continuation you have in the days following the workshop. An opinion from a successful, published writer is an opportunity too great to give up.
- You will learn something. Even if you think you’re a skilled and talented writer with no need for further training, you’ll get some, and you’ll be grateful for it. There is always more to learn, and no matter which workshop you choose to attend you will learn something that will help you going forward, and who can argue with that?
Let us know if you attend a writer’s workshop!