• Wendy Decker

The Jersey Shore Writers New Blog - Critique Group Love

Updated: Sep 20, 2018

Any writer knows that writing is a solitary endeavor; however, no writer is an island. Even with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, there are times I still require and appreciate feedback from my fellow wordsmiths. They will graciously read my pages and offer constructive criticism. Sometimes critiques can be painful, not because my fellow writers are cruel, but the fact I simply can’t see my own errors often drives me nuts. Overall, critiques aren’t only about finding errors, they are about assisting each other with an outcome of creating the best piece of writing we can achieve.

Serious writers have thick skin. It’s impossible to hone your craft without taking advice from other skilled writers. Just peruse through the acknowledgments in the front of any published book. Most times, you will see a lengthy list of names. Without my writers’ group, I would have little confidence to submit my work for publication or writing contests. Our group is multi-published, professional, and an incredibly creative bunch.

We are The Jersey Shore Writers. We meet on the second Tuesday every month at the Jersey Shore Arts Center at S. 66 Main Ave., Ocean Grove, NJ. We share our writing on site, and we have built relationships with one other that sail beyond the historical and artistic environment we are fortunate to call as our home. We offer tidbits and insight into one another’s writing as a collaborative entity, as well as individually.

Our goal is to inspire and inform each other with golden nuggets of ideas and glean creative wisdom from one another. We also share books, host events, and workshops. This new blog will be a collaboration with the core writers of our group. Each

writer is unique and has something valuable to share. Patricia Florio and Gayle Aanensen are the founders and backbone of the group. Throughout the six years I’ve been a member we’ve been graced with many talented writers. Some come for a brief stay, while others are steadfast month-after-month. We enjoy spreading the love to those who are new at writing as well as with those who’ve been at it for years.

If you are a writer and not involved with a critique group or partner, it's imperative to stock up on good books on the craft of writing. One of my favorites are: "On Writing" by Stephen King and “Stein on Writing” by Sol Stein. If you’d like to share one that has helped you, please leave it in the comments. We’d love to hear from you! Stay tuned each Monday for a new blog post. Next week Patricia Florio will share a bit about novel writing!

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Wendy Lynn Decker is a the author of SWEET TEA, A Novel and freelance writer. She has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She lives on the Jersey Shore and is an Adjunct Professor for Central Texas College with the NCPACE Program.

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