Message from the President

John Cawlfield


Persistence. It’s a quality a writer cannot live without. A writer needs persistence in submitting work to agents and publishing houses, regardless of rejection. Persistence is needed to improve our craft. Joanna Penn, author and podcaster, offers four points of advice on this topic.

  1. Produce: Don’t dink around for five years on the same novel. Set a daily word count and stick to it. If you write 1,000 words a day, you will have the first draft in under three months. Then spend some time rewriting it and polishing it up.
  2. Study: If you are a writer, READ. Read more than you write. Study books on writing and read various authors within the genre you enjoy. Read good authors and bad authors. The bad ones will help more than the good ones, you will learn how not to write.
  3. Keep Your Perspective: What you write today will not be as good as what you write tomorrow or the day after. You will get better with practice.
  4. Persist: If you go to bed at night thinking about what you are writing and the first thought you have in the morning is about the same thing, you are a writer. You have no choice but to write. So just do it.

These four points from Penn have been paraphrased and there are a few cliches sprinkled here and there, but the point is if your passion is to write. Write. Don’t give up.

John Cawlfield

The Springfield Writers’ Guild will continue to meet at the 1711 West Battlefield location of McAlister’s Deli (See map below). Join us at 11:00 a.m. for Mentor Hour as we read and critique members’ writings. The speaker joins us at 1:00 p.m. followed by a short business meeting.

Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2018!

Yearly dues run from January-November each year (no meeting in December). Pay online on the JOIN/RENEW page. New members are encouraged!


6 Responses to Welcome

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  4. Mindy Lawrence says:

    You have a very nice and informative website. I’ve been away from the Guild for years and just joined again this evening (although I marked “new member”). I’ll be there at the meeting on August 26th–hopefully with something for critique.


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