It’s tough enough being a writer anywhere these days, what with Universal Education and every pipsqueak with the skills to lambaste you for the use, or misuse of the Oxford comma. Going through the same batch of prose 100 times, as Amy Tan was said to do for her fluid easy style, is not for the faint of heart. In terms of economic gain for ergs expended, the grill-chef at McDonald’s has a better deal.
So what with the awesome writerly competition, and the lure of the California sun, surf and scuba-diving, why would anyone waste their time tickling the keyboard in the vain hope of being noticed, never mind paid for one’s labor.
So it’s very right and proper that the THIRD WEEK of October has been declared “California Writers” by the State Legislature, thus crowning all the sweat, effort and frustration with a halo of respectability and deserved honor.
Just in time for NanoWriMo in November, that triathalon of effort to Write a 50,000 word Novel in a Month (hence the name.)
It’s a bear of an effort in which you log in their web-site with your text for the day, week, month until the month is over. You sign out of everyday pleasantries, leisurely lunches with friends, laundry, housework. Groceries you stock ahead of time.
A worthy and useful taste of what a writer’s life is really like.
It’ll verify this punishing occupation is really for you.
Should you fail, no worries, join your nearest California Writers Club for educational meetings, bull-sessions, critique groups and a chance to call yourself, yea verily, a California Writer.
List of branches of this organization founded by Jack London and friends in 1906 follows. Parties, lectures, chances to read your work aloud, help and pointers on how to publish, not overlooking the monthly newsletter and summer picnics. What could be more supportive? The writers life doesn’t have to be lonely unless you want it to be. Warning: you’ll certainly have a bunch of alert and grammarly educated readers.
California Writers Clubs are found at:
Berkeley: Oakland cwc-berkeley.org
Central Coast: Pacific Grove cemtralcoastwriters.org
Fremont Area:Fremont cwc-fremontareawriters.org
Marin:Corte Madera cwcmarin.org
Mendocino Coast:Mendocino Hotel writersmendocinocoast.org
Mount Diablo:Pleasant Hill cwcmtdiablo.wordpress.org
Napa Valley: napavalleywrites.org
North State:Chico northstatewriters.org
Redwood:Santa Rosa redwoodwriters.org
Sacramento:Rancho Cordova cwcsacramentowriters.org
San Francisco/Peninsula: Redwood City sfpeninsulawriters.org SF South Bay: Santa Clara southbaywriters.com
Tri-Valley Pleasanton trivalleywriters.org