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I've been a fan of Chelsea Cain from the time of her column in the Oregonian, and it was great to hear her and Lidia talking about their writing process and their book group. I am a member of a book group that is very similar to hers (for good reason; several of those of us who began the group have a friend or two in her group).
I related greatly to the way Lidia and Chelsea described the idea of writing for the members of the group -- I think, 'Dave will like this alliteration,' I wonder if Rebecca will particularly appreciate my gardening reference, I know that Dana will nod her head when I depict the reality of marital "bliss." and we, too, know each other so well that it's almost frightening sometimes -- whether we're writing fiction or non-fiction, we put so much of ourselves on the page and only we know how deeply much is true.
One week, early in our group, I brought a story about my husband. He had been in Kuwait for a few months at that point, and I had a particularly vivid dream. I wrote the story of the dream, which involved him dying, but told it from the point of view of inside the dream.
Two of the other members of the group were very, very uncomfortable for most of my reading, shocked that I would be coming to the group so soon after my husband's death. that taught me to do a better job of introducing the pieces I wrote... and the enduring value of trusting your writer's group with their darkest secrets (as long as those secrets aren't about one's family members having died in the past 30 days).
another thing I find hardest about writer's groups with really great writers is wanting to know how the work comes out -- and having to wait the interminably long time until they finish the book. this must be doubly hard for Chelsea's group -- who wants to know the end of the thriller!
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