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Why Join a Writer's Group
You Know You Can Write
What Will a Writer's Group Do for Me?
Writer's groups are as different as the people who join them. They can do several things for your. One they can help you improve your writing. While each group works differently, some offer writing exercises to do while there as well as exercises to take home. They also set aside time to read and listen to your work in progress. This is usually followed by what they liked about your writing and what they didn't understand or didn't fit right in your work. Some groups allow you to mentor younger writers. All of them offer something. What you put in will be what you take from it.
Mentoring Young Writers
Writer'sfiters at different levels. Some have self-published. Others have been lucky enough to find an agent or publisher. Some are looking at avenues of publishing. All writers start somewhere.
Listen to the writers in your group with more experience. Learn from their mistakes. Take the knowledge they share and make it work for you.
Writer's groups are only successful when everyone participates. There is no Holy Grail for writing the perfect book. There is no magic formula for having a best seller. But listening, learning and contributing all go a long way to making you successful.
Remember your groups' members come from all walks of life with different educational backgrounds and different experiences. Draw on these. Make your characters richer from what you learn. Be willing to share.
Sharing is the hardest part. If you have not been with the group before, you may feel like you are putting yourself out to strangers. You are. However there is an unwritten rule in writer's groups, that positive feedback is required before any criticism is given. Listen to the praise as well and the critics. They both will give you good ideas.
Where Do You Find Writing Groups?
How Do I Find a Writing Group
Start with your local library. If there is one, quite often they will meet in the library. If not, the library might know where they do meet.
If you are not comfortable face-to-face, try an on-line group. Google writing groups, you'd be amazed at how many are there. Check on LinkedIn, Facebook, any of the social networks. Find one that is specific to the genre you write.
Or broaden your horizons and find one that takes all genres. You might find you enjoy a different genre.
Not all groups will be the right fit for you. You will have to try a few until you find the group that is the best fit for you. Make a commitment to attend regularly. If they meet weekly and you only attend once a month, you are missing a great deal. If they meet bi-weekly, you miss half. Most writing groups are free or a donation. The donation usually goes to the library for use of their facilities or wherever you are meeting.
What are you waiting for? Get out there. Get the information you need. Maybe you are sitting on the next best seller. You won't know if you don't try.