I finally got around to joining one of the ACFW’s Texas chapters, “Writers on the Storm,” which meets in The Woodlands, near Houston. Saturday, I attended my first meeting, and I tell ya–I had a blast! How wonderful it is to be with folks who talk the same language, have the same concerns, and just understand what you’re going through. Don’t get me wrong, talking to “outsiders” about my work is nice, but it’s nothing like being totally immersed in the culture of authors.
Our guest speaker, Bob Stewart, was delightful. He’s a professional writer from way back, doing journalistic pieces for some of the nation’s top magazines and covering some of the top stories over the past couple of decades.
He has taken up writing novels and has several that sound intriguing–thrillers, mysteries, mystery/romance. Heavens, I’m going to have to add another group of books to my “to-be-read” pile! If I’d had the sense God gave a goose, I would’ve had money in my purse yesterday to buy one then.
We met in a Mexican food restaurant called Lupe Tortilla. I’ve never heard of the place, but I now have a new favorite Mexican restaurant. Oh, goodness–even left over, it was good!
Joining a physical group that meets regularly is so important. Authors need other authors, other professionals in this business. We need the contacts, networks, leadership, advice, encouragement that these organizations offer. It also gives us the opportunity to help others even as we gain help ourselves. And we can always learn. Always. It’s not like anyone has this craft totally figured out.