Being in a workshop gives us a deadline and a group of writers who offer honest, constructive criticism. So what happens after we graduate? How do we make sure the writer doesn't get crowded out because we need to make a living?
I've been meeting monthly for about two years with a writing group called www: wild women writing. I give a prompt each month, which they are welcome to use or disregard, and then we share our stories, poems and essays. The women are all ages and all walks of life--retired educators, a retired pollution control regulator, a therapist, a tax expert, a graphic artist, mothers, grandmothers, and all talented writers. Our group meetings give us a deadline, help us carve out time in our busy schedules for our writing, and provide the feedback we hunger for as writers.
How do you keep your rhythm as a writer? Do you have a writing group? Online or in person? Do you have one or two other people or writers who give you valuable feedback? What works for you?