The Dragon Writers
After setting up The Secret Book Club, it soon became clear that a lot of avid readers in our growing group, were also writers. As a result, a few among us had, what we thought, was a brilliant idea – to set up our own online writing group. Personally, I had joined similar web-based group in the past but they were either inactive or just a bad fit for me.
With Talluah Habib and Lara Aislinn Salomon, along with the help of Graham van der Made, we eventually created this space and named it, ‘The Dragon Writers‘. Many of us are spec-fiction orientated but we have writers who work in a diverse range of genres, from romance to memoir, to nearly anything you can name. We also have writers from all over the world although most of us are originally from South Africa. We’re up to 128 members so far and despite my fears that the group may have grown a little too big to remain a cosy and supportive environment – amazingly, that hasn’t been the case!
I love Dragon Writers because they ‘get me’. So often I feel guilty about my ‘need’ to write or create, considering how crazy and demanding my ‘real’ life has been (especially recently). I also struggle terribly with anxiety about my writing and my lack of productivity. I always want to write MORE, not matter how much I produce! Dragon Writers understand all of this, they are helpful, supportive, and it feels so good to share those ‘me too’ moments with other members who are walking the same path as you.
Of course we may be walking the same path but we are all at different stages in our journey. We have published authors like Angela Meadon, Melissa Delport, Ian Tennent, Dave de Burgh, Cristy Zinn and others, like me, who are just trying to show up to the page everyday – that’s ok too.
I can’t tell you how happy I am this virtual space exists or how much it has helped me maintain my equilibrium despite the turmoil around me. I’m grateful to all the members of The Dragon Writers for their amazing and thoughtful contribution to this group. We’re not competitors or critics, -we’re a co-operative community and I really believe that’s what we need more of in this world. We need a sense of ‘belonging’.