This is something I wrote in January 2010, the week before I joined a writing group...

For some time I’ve been considering joining a writing group, as many writer friends have told me that they are an invaluable resource to the writer, regardless of whether you’re just starting to put pen to paper or if you’re JK Rowling.

From my own research, here are some ways in which writing groups are useful:

  • Social environment. Writing is a lonely occupation, and being able to socialise with, get to know and connect with other like-minded people is a remarkably cathartic experience. …

Something I wrote on 7 October 2011…

The Apple King died.
He affected all our lives.
End of an era.

Yesterday’s new that Steve Jobs has died did not hit me with great surprise or emotion. After all, he was very ill for nearly a decade, visibly so for the last 5-7 years. The outpouring of conspicuous grief on all social networks has been overwhelming.

Now I’ve had time to reflect, I can see how and why people have behaved this way. He pioneered the personal computing industry, fell foul of a boardroom coup, watching his brainchild fall into the gutter, came back to rescue it and turned it into one of the most successful companies on the planet – and in history. Regardless of what you thought of him, Steve Jobs was a pioneer, industrialist and designer that affected the lives of billions: there are people around the world who don’t have running water but own an iPod or iPhone. …

I sit down to write...
but first do some online tasks.
It’s nearly bedtime!?


Matt Bruce

Writer and blogger

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