Writing is a solitary profession. Apart from your characters, it’s just you and your computer. It’s no surprise then that writers so often form writing groups. One of the main appeals of a writing group is to simply have other like-minded people to commiserate with (“Guh, I received another rejection letter…,” “The agent told me I’m a talentless hack...,” “I accidentally drank an entire handle of spiced rum while working on chapter 3, and then spent next couple of hours on the toilet…,” etc., etc.). More importantly though, writing groups offer up an invaluable luxury to writers: a captive, literate audience to read the early drafts of stories and provide feedback.
I’m lucky enough to be part of two great writing groups, Inklings II and The Biscuits. Inklings II is my spec-fiction writing group. We’re an odd group in that we are spread out all of the world and workshop our fiction primarily online. We can only manage to all be in the same place at the same time once every two or three years (and then spend more time barbecuing and drinking beer than actually talking shop, but that’s neither here nor there). We’re still a highly effective group. So much so, that members Ahimsa Kerp, Craig Comer, and I managed to write The Roads to Baldairn Motte together. More recently, The Inklings II were instrumental in helping me beat Dreamwielder into readable shape.
Our name, of course, comes from the Inklings, the renowned Oxford writing group that boasts Tolkien and C.S. Lewis as past members. Our name choice was more of an homage than anything, and to prove that we don’t take ourselves so seriously as to be considered in the same breath as those fantasy greats, we have a rotating subtitle that gets chosen by whoever has most recently sold a story, usually something vapid and silly like Inklings II: Electric Boogaloo, or Inklings II: Frank Dune Buggies, or Inklings II: What’s Another Name for Pirate Treasure? We feel we might have possibly outgrown this rotating name and are debating on a new permanent name, but for the time being, we’re still Inklings II. But enough of my blabbing. Without further ado, here are the illustrious members…
this one's speculative), but other times he's the lead writer for a video game called Legends of Etherell: Antavia. Whenever Corey's not writing things, he's reading things, or head banging, or keeping his house from falling down, or wondering why his teams don't win more games. He's pretty much always in Los Angeles. Online, he's at coreybeasom.wordpress.com.
***All these guys are great writers. I highly recommend you check out there stuff. Next week we'll get Part II and meet The Biscuits.