The Pros and Cons of a Writing Group
Writers should hang out with other writers. If you’re just hanging out with your non-writer friends, you might be getting accolades from them, but your writing probably isn’t improving.
Enter: the writing group.
When you get together with a group of your peers from time to time, you will be able to talk about the pressures of writing, the problem clients, and you can share your work with each other.
As you do this, you will begin to improve your writing, and become less scared of feedback about what you’ve done. You need to hear about the bad stuff in order to get better. Just because you hear compliments from your friends and family all the time doesn’t mean that you’re the best writer in town.
Other writers can give you constructive criticism that will allow you to grow and to enhance the outcome of your work.
You can also learn about local (and not-so-local) networks that can help you with your writing career from your writing partners.
On the other hand, if you’re hanging out with mediocre writers, your writing may not improve in the way that you want it to improve. Or if your group doesn’t spend time critiquing each other’s writing, then that’s not helpful for you either.
Find a group that wants to WORK, not just socialize. In doing so, everyone benefits, especially your readers.
Do you belong to one or more writing groups? How have you found them to have helped you as a writer? Please leave a comment.