My First Writer’s Group

So I went to my first writer’s group tonight.  Everyone had to go around the room and introduce themselves and say a little about what they do.  Oh, I came off looking like an asshole!  Most people had been writing for 67 years and had written fifty-eleven books.  Me?  I just started writing last December.  I have a blog.  And no I’m NOT going to tell you what it’s about, that’s too revealing!  It was a large group and I wasn’t going to tell them all that I am BIPOLAR ON FIRE!  They tried to ask some probing questions and I shut them all down.  Hey what can I say.  I’m a private person.  Except HERE where I say EVERYTHING!  Hell you probably wish I’d shut UP sometimes!  Well it’s not gonna happen.  The floodgates have been OPENED!  Hey I’m proud of myself.  I almost chickened out.  I was THIS CLOSE (holding my thumb and third finger wayyyyyyyyy close together to demonstrate).  I deserve a cupcake!

15 thoughts on “My First Writer’s Group

  1. @bipolarfire,

    glad you found a writers group.I participated in a writers group last year and found it life giving. unfortunately, the group disbanded of a myriad or reasons.

    don’t feel like and a-hole. sounds like you where overwhelmed about your seeming lack of experience, at least compared to other people. (^: really?? they all had 67 years of experience and three books?? I don’t think so. :^)

    if you are getting worth from it, I bet you’ll open up in time. at least to some of the people.

    suggestion: be truthful, but do not give to much information. Something like, I have a medical condition that I’d rather not share about. if more questions follows stay by your first answer.

    won’t it be nice when mental disorders are viewed like, say cancer. why do we face a stigma while other people get sympathy?

      • careful about your own self talk. you know that having a mental order doesn’t make you a loonie.

        if you had cancer, and blogged about it, you would likely freely share in the writer’s group. that’s because there aren’t societal misconceptions about cancers; it’s a disease, a disorder. mental disorders are that, too.

        that’s the dichotomy that goes mental disorders. society has misconceptions of mental disorders. those misconceptions cause people with mental disorders to “hide”. that’s one of the choices.

        what if knowledgable communicative people with mental disorder took the opportunity to educate people about mental disorder? those people they would touch would then be more knowledgable about mental disorders. if enough people where touched by those people, the societal misperception would slowly change.

        that’s the challenge, for you, me (bipolarsojourner.wordpress.com/anonymity/) and all the people blogging about mental disorders _only_ to people with mental disorders. those societal misperceptions won’t change. but by opening up our communication to the masses, those societal misperceptions would decrease. of course. we have to bite the bullet and potentially be mislabeled a loonie, especially to the people we know but can’t educate.

        alright, i’ve written enough here. i’ve also generated enough thoughts to generate a blog entry!

      • I think even if I had a cancer blog, I wouldn’t feel comfortable revealing so much about my self to a room full of strangers, just to be clear. I joke about being a loonie, of course I know there was probably 25% of the people in that room struggling with some kind of a mental disorder. It’s my perogative to be private, there’s no way I’d share something so personal with a roomful of strangers.

      • I think even if I had a cancer blog, I wouldn’t feel comfortable revealing so much about my self to a room full of strangers, just to be clear. I joke about being a loonie, of course I know there was probably 25% of the people in that room struggling with some kind of a mental disorder. It’s my perogative to be private, there’s no way I’d share something so personal with a roomful of strangers.

  2. Kudos to you for giving it a go! I would love to do something like that, but social anxiety prevents me (at this time) from doing much more among the public than going to the grocery store. I aspire to one day do something like this, and you say it can be done. Thank you for that hope! 😀

    • Yay Rose!! I have my share of social anxiety too but I force myself to do some things. I know that’s not possible for everybody but as my depression lifts a little I’m trying to get out at least once a week. It’s a hard goal for me 😉

    • Yes keep trying!! I was probably one of the least experienced writers there but who gives a flying fuck? I know I don’t 🙂 I know me and what I’ve had to overcome to get where I’m at now, it’s monumental. Get where you’re gong on YOUR time. You’ll do it!

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