May 9, 2011
I knew what I wanted to do but I wasn't quite sure where to start. Was it in my car on a lonely winter river side in Indianapolis, or the night a single song captured me? Or in the crappy little studio where we recorded our record before it hit the Chicago Top 40 charts higher than the Beatles, I Want To Hold Your Hand? in 1964. Reading for CHWG helped me find my path. Now my first book, Night People, is published and riding high on Amazon for which I am indebted to the CHWG. For those trying to find their way as an author, trying to figure out whether it they've got something they should invest themselves in, the meetings are great place to get help, support, and an ongoing source of imaginative energy.
I think it's important to be a safe terminal for a writer testing his work. I'm certain I'm more direct than others in my critique's but I always try to remind readers, and myself, of the following important points. 1. Encouragement is fine, but I believe the most important responsibility is to give honest appraisal before an author's work goes public where criticism cannot easily be undone. The most dangerous thing a new writer can do, and the most common, is publishing before their work is finished. 2. Whatever I think or say in a critique session, it's only my opinion and counts for no more than anyone else's. In the end, every Author should determine the value of any opinion for themselves. It is always the author that ultimately controls everything that goes onto the page.
Author - ex: musician, artist manager, music publisher, and recording studio owner; cartoonist, music columnist; Video/film GM, video/film post COO. Founder, TGN, Inc. technical writer, systems analyst and design, dir of tech training; game designer
A great help for new writers who want to read their work, especially poets, very short stories, articles, and exercises.