The writer’s group advantage

As a rule most writers are somewhat reclusive, spending most of their writing time alone, with their thoughts coming out on paper instead of in conversation.  It’s not that they’re anti-social.  Many writers have normal lives with jobs, friends, and family (where do you think their ideas came from) but when they sit down with pen and paper you’d be better off calling Attila the Hun a pansy than interrupting a working writer.
Just like other art forms, writing is the writer’s way of expressing themselves and their view of the world.
When it comes time to get outside feedback some writers turn to family and friends, but unless they’re writers themselves their opinions are hardly objective.  They will tell you how good it is, or how much talent you have, but they will rarely offer any constructive criticism.
Those writers who are looking for serious and constructive feedback, without bias, will look for other writers.  The best way to get that is to join a writer’s group.  There are writer’s groups in any city you live, but unless you know someone, those groups are no more easy to find than a live t-rex.
The best place that I’ve found for a writer’s group is online.  They are supportive, varied in experience, and if you need good advice they are quick to offer it.  Of course, there are personal issues, like with any group, but they never turn their backs on you.  Groups like this will give you honest, and constructive criticism on how to improve your writing, and best of all, there is no readers fee.
My challenge to you:  become an active member in a writer’s group, whether online or local if you can find one.  It could be the best thing to improve your writing.


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6 Responses to “The writer’s group advantage”

  1. P.S.Gifford Says:

    I have just bookmarked you-


  2. Jen Says:

    I agree about the value of a writing group, online, but to me in person is even better if you can find a good one. I am blessed to have a group of 5 women (including myself) to meet with once a month for a full day, and weekly for a few hours, to write and share my work with. It sounds cliche, but it’s true when I say I wouldn’t be where I am today in my writing journey if it wasn’t for them.

    My online groups are fantastic too, because I get an even wider range of knowledge and experience from even more people.

    I once asked a few family members to review what I had written, and while a got a few comments on very minor things to change, it was mostly praise, like you said. “This is fantastic!” Well, no, not really, I know it needs a lot of work, but thank you anyway.

  3. gigi1953 Says:

    Excellent post, Allen. Wonderful advice! And you just happen to be a vital part of OUR wonderful writing online group!

    • apb148 Says:

      I thank you for the comment, and I hope that other people who read this blog can know the same benefits that I’ve known in this group.

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