In a critique group you’ll be able to network with other writers and learn what’s worked for them. (And share your insanity.) For FREE. You’ll laugh, cry, encourage, share, learn patience, empathize, create optimism, find acceptance, and be able to network with other writers who share your passion.
Here are EIGHTEEN reasons why joining a group could improve your writing:
- You’ll find your plot holes
- Learn how to write tight
- Find better endings and improve story starts
- You’ll learn how to start a blog and why it’s important
- You’ll learn brainstorming tips
- Hear trends
- Learn about writer’s conferences
- Learn how to accept constructive criticism
- Listen to other stories, other ways of telling a story
- Learn motivating skills
- Receive positive feedback and constructive criticism
- Hear writer’s news – an agent who’s looking, a publisher who’s folded
- Learn who’s e-booked and if they’re successful
- Learn how to promote your brand and your book
- Receive feedback
- Hone listening skills
- Find accountability partners
- Be inspired
If you don’t have time to join a group or the physical means to get to one–join an online group. Look for a group in the genre you write. Many associations have genre specific groups to join.Click HERE for a list of writing organizations.
When I was writing WILLOW, a YA paranormal suspense, I joined a fantasy group through the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). We exchanged 3000 words every week and edited each other’s work. We also shared contest information and other writerly stuff. I learned so much from the women in my group.
There are also FB pages where writers meet to share information. Ask to join one or start one yourself and invite other writers you meet at conferences.
Where can you find a group?
- Check with your library, your newspaper, or online.
- Google writer’s groups in your area.
- Join NaNoWriMo and you’ll meet other writers in your area who may belong to a group.
- Search for organizations in the genre you write in such as Romance Writers, Fantasy Writers, Suspense, etc.
Join a writer’s group. Good luck and don’t let insanity scare you away from doing the same thing over and over again. Expect different results. If you keep writing you WILL get published.