I have been incredibly lucky in my path to connect with women and men who have taken me under their wing and taken time to chat with me. I often hope that they don't feel that time was wasted. (But that goes into self-deprecation and imposter syndrome, and this blog isn't long enough for that nonsense.)
Today is for happy. I'm traveling to meld minds with some of the fabulous authors of Indiana's RWA chapter. Or just write and shoot the shit over sandwiches and nachos. We'll see where the day takes me.
I'm not going to say that everyone should join RWA. Because I didn't join until after I'd published my first few books. And I know it's right for every person.
HOWEVER, I would like to say that finding your group, and other like-minded business people in the Romance industry in particular is a smidge easier when you narrow down the writer pool.
And some chapters like mine, have video recordings of meetings available to members who may not be able to travel.
If you haven't found your tribe, the Romance Writers of America may be a place to start. Just...for all that is holy, stay out of the main RWA forums, especially the PAN loops. Yikes. Seriously, I get my popcorn ready before I dive into some of those threads. Anyone remember the Kindle forums ala 2004-2008? Yup. Similar vibe.
But back to the positive. I signed up for RWA and my local chapter again this year because my family schedule finally freed up some Saturdays for me. (Which is when IRWA meets.) And I'm glad I did. I've gotten to know more of the women in my chapter, and they haven't kicked me out yet, so I'd say I'm doing well!
Along with the informative meetings where huge authors and wonderful educators are brought in, we head over to the Mexican restaurant across the street after the meeting and enjoy the company. Catching up, dishing about the business, and at the end of the day, just reminding each other that we're not alone in this biz, is worth the drive and the cost for me.
Today we're having a writing bootcamp, so I'm loading up my car with bottled water, packing up my notes and computer, and heading in ready to do battle with my WIP.
I hope you are taking on your To Do List with as much gusto as I am today. I've finished my coffee, and I'm ready to go.
If you live in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, or are within driving distance, you're welcome to attend two of our meetings before you have to join. And we have Jayne Rylon visiting us next month! If you want more info on my chapter, feel free to drop me an email or message on any of my social media.
If you have a fab author group, tell me about it! Hearing stories of authors helping each other out, and lifting each other up, are some of my favorite chats to have. We need some serious good in the world right now, and what better way to get it out there than with a Happily Ever After?