Q. What if the networking events get in the way of writing?
Writing is more important than networking. There ought to be enough time in a week to do both. But if networking is getting in the way of the writing, cut down on the networking.
Go to hear pro monkeys talk in order to be inspired, and to meet writers at your own level who you can dragoon into a writing group.
I'd distinguish between talks at the WGA given on an evening by a pro monkey, which I'm favor of, and writing classes, which I'm not sure people need as much as they think. Skip the expensive classes, form a writing group, and spend the savings on good scotch for the aftermath of your writing group evenings.
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You're talking to the choir there, man. I've been meeting so many people who are going back to school for graduate degrees in creative writing and some of them already have a writing bachelor's degree! What's worse, at least two of them that I know are doing it to give themselves deadlines and provide outside motivation to write.
If you're going to graduate school to become a teacher, that's one thing. But to me, paying tuition to force yourself to write sounds like a whole lot of money down the drain to get yourself writing.
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