How We Support Writers to Confidence in the Writing Gym: “The Writing Gym has made believe that I am a writer.”

Due to COVID-19 all our lives have been, at least, disrupted in some meaningful way over the past weeks and months.

The Writing Gym community has been very important to us for a long time, and it has become even more so.

It’s a special place. When people talk about the community that we have over in the Writing Gym, they talk about it being life-changing, they talk about the positivity, they talk about the support that they get, they talk about how it’s just different. It’s different from anything that they’ve experienced before–now, more than ever.

In times of uncertainty, in times of crisis, community becomes even more important. The Writing Gym is an even bigger deal to its members. And it’s not just me saying it; it’s all of you.

If you know me, you know my mission: to build a supportive writing community where people are getting real results and having a dang good time doing it. And I’m really happy to see that vision that I had years and years ago come to fruition–this beautiful place where writers can be nourished, where writers can have a good time, where writers can enjoy each other’s company.

That’s what the Writing Gym is.

And writers are getting great results.

So, what we’ve been doing since COVID came around and disrupted all our lives?

Well, we’ve been doing some special sessions over in the Writing Gym, just to bring us together on a more regular basis. I think it’s important now more than ever to have those points of contact, to laugh with each other, to get into the writing craft together.

Last month, we did a ton of bonus sessions. We had an online Writing Retreat that turned out to be spectacular!

We continued that trend this month with a bonus session on Spec Fiction. We’re seeing a lot of requests for that when we look at agent descriptions. They’re looking for Spec Fiction. A lot of folks have been wondering, “What is Spec Fiction? What does that mean?” Stephen Oliver broke it down for us in a terrific session.

We had one of our ever-popular sprints. We have those on a regular basis. Our Gym rats enjoy them, and a lot of work gets done.

We also did a special bonus session on how to create tension in your writing.

This is something we talk about a whole lot during the Revision period. So we did a deep dive into the craft and into creating tension — not just on the scene level, but also on a global level–in your novel.

So, those are just some of the things that I’ve been working on to make things happen for writers over the Writing Gym.

It’s a really special place, full of special people–people like our Mary Murry. Mary has been a big part of our community for a while now, and we’re glad to have her with us.

The Gym has meant a lot to Mary. She says, “The Writing Gym has made me believe that I’m a writer.”

Mary, you are a writer — an incredible writer – and I’m so glad to have you in our community. Thank you for sharing that with us.

I can’t stress enough that it truly is a special, special place, and that’s why membership is by invitation only. Not because we’re snobs – we are absolutely not snobs! It’s invitation-only because we want to be sure we have the right folks with us–people who take the writing craft seriously without taking themselves too seriously. Because, like I said, we have a good time over there, and we get things done.

If you’re a writer, this is what you want for your life. You want a great place to hang out with great people, like Mary, who want to come to believe that they are writers, and to build their confidence and to get that book written–which she did.

I’d love to chat with you to see if you’re the right fit for our community, talk about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there. You can book yourself directly into my calendar, and we can chat about your writing dream.

Until next time, Happy Writing

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