Looking at the lifeless manuscripts I knew it was time to get back to what challenged and motivated me. I found my muse, but didn't realize it until I started plotting and reinventing characters. Today, I returned to the monthly STAR meetings and just in speaking with a few members about my current WIP I was able to scratch out 2700 words towards another chapter.
Just like any good relationship, with your family or friends and with God, it takes daily work to keep it strong. Thanks to my STARs I can build a better relationship with my writing. The critique groups, Deep Dish reads, guest speakers, online forums, conferences, and contests are a few things that help keep me on track.
A good romance never hurt any book, so regardless of your writing genre you should attend a STAR meeting as a guest. Go ahead...I dare you!