Make dates

While it probably wouldn't make a lot of sense to take your writing out to dinner or to a movie, it makes perfect sense to make dates with a local writers' group, or with a friend who writes. Give yourself one night every two weeks, or one afternoon a month, where you can give yourself over to the luxury of talking about writing with other people who are equally smitten by this passion of yours. Use these dates as an opportunity to 'get dressed up' - that is, to prepare some writing to take along and show around.

If you don't have a local writers' group and would really like to start one, you can find out how some friends of mine and I put together a writers' group that made all of us better writers and got some of us published by checking out Appendix A - The Schrodinger's Petshop Handbook.

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