more chatter about synergy
I think my Beatles analogy went a little astray in my recent synergy post. The point I was trying to make — and seemed to have missed — is that I think the quality of the music they made as individuals diminished because they did not have the synergy on their own that they had as a group. I’m not referring to the collaborative creation of any given Beatles song but the intangible, uplifting influence of simply being part of a group of creative, like-minded people.
Similarly, I’m not suggesting that creative writing needs to be collaborative (though it can be). Rather, I’m saying that I think for many writers, the solitary act of writing can be enhanced simply by having a peer group of creative, like-minded people.
I’ve had a number of email conversations with fellow writers and even protracted comment threads on several writers’ blogs, but these tend to be sporadic and ad hoc. They’re not really what I think I’m after. Nor have I found writer forums to be on the mark, at least for my needs.
If I could find such a group, what might take place? Banter and badinage, palaver and persiflage! Maybe discussions about the intricacies of a certain word processor. Or the change in staff at a certain publication. Or a newly discovered writer who should be shared. Or talk about the weather. Or a favorite brand of beer. Just about anything, including possibly, though not in any obligatory way, the work on a piece of fiction one member struggles with. I see such a group as a retreat, a pressure valve, an insiders club. Not a workshop necessarily. Maybe more of a social club.
I don’t know. I think I’m chasing phantoms.