The first problem with writing groups, is finding the right one for you.
Does the perspective group center on a specific writing genre?
Is the group open and friendly?
Is the group close to your location?
Does the group have published authors?
Is the group about helping new writers?
Are the critiques constructive in the group or are they derogative?
Is the group open to questions about writing basics?
Are the meeting times conducive to your schedule?
Does the group require writing assignments in a specific genre?
Does the group allow you to read an excerpt of your book for input about your book?
Are there group members willing to help you if you request it?
If the majority of the answers to these questions are in the affirmative, you have found a good group, if not; think hard about the perspective group.
A writing group should be a place where you feel comfortable, a place where you feel you are valued as a member, and a place that meets needs.
Writing groups should be a place where writers help writers improve, grow as authors, and are able to offer as much as they receive. There should be no class distinction. A novice is the same as published as far as the group is concerned.
If you find a good group for you, congratulations, if a writing group isn’t right for you, go it alone, or find what works for you.
There is no perfect fit for everyone. Just write.
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