About a month ago a guy that I was dating forwarded me a link to a group organized for people interested in learning how to survive in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. Yes, you read that right…I personally thought the idea was awesome (I’m a huge Walking Dead fan) and we both laughed about it later. Well, the point of the story though is that this group introduced me to a website called Meetup.com where the group was founded. If you haven’t heard of Meetup I’ll quickly explain the concept behind it. Meetup is a place where you can find a wide variety of groups and clubs, you can join as many groups as you like and even start your own. Groups vary from sports, social, culinary, professional networking, dating, art, music, pet owners – the list goes on.
After me and the guy called it quits, I figured this was a perfect time to start meeting new people. I’ve lived in Orlando since February and I haven’t really made a lot of friends. I’ve dated, hung out with my sisters and their friends, and occasionally gotten drinks with coworkers but I still haven’t made any gal pals of my own. I decided to keep an open mind and signed up for a whole bunch of different groups like kickball, girls night out, book club, even a belly dancing group. Recently though, I’ve come across a group that I’m pretty excited about. It’s called the Women Writers Group. It was a group that was recently started and there were no members in it when I first stumbled upon it. I was apprehensive in joining such a new group but I thought that this could really be an opportunity for me to be a part of something really cool. All the other groups I’ve joined had lots of members and felt a little impersonal. As soon as I joined I got a warm friendly message from the founder.
Since I’ve joined, which hasn’t been long, 12 other women have joined. It may not sound like a lot but I prefer quality over quantity any ways. Our first meet up is in September and I’m really looking forward to it. I joined Meetup with the intention of making friends but if I walk away meeting other women writers and we can grow and learn from one another, that’s way better then all the happy hours and Sunday games combined. I think it’s important meeting other writers and sharing your work, receiving feedback, and appreciating the talent of fellow writers. It’s intimidating sharing something as personal as your work with strangers (or anybody for that matter) but if you don’t have the balls to do it, how can you ever expect to get anywhere in your career let alone get published? For me, I know I’ve got a long way to go in my writing but I’m going to take any opportunity I can get to challenge and improve myself. Even if it feels awkward or uncomfortable….