Why You Need a Writing Group

If you want to be a writer, then you have to join a writing group.

This is something I preach to writers all the time. I’ve heard other writers preach it.  Before I co-founded one writing group and joined several others, I had it preached to me.

Networking with other writers helped improve both the quality and the quantity of my writing. My fellow writers commiserate with me when I get rejected and cheer for me when I have good news. These people are part of my tribe.

But it wasn’t until last week that I realized the true benefits of these groups.

You see, after the results of last week’s election, I was a little depressed. Okay, fine. I was a LOT depressed. My NaNoWriMo progress took a huge hit, as you can see from the chart below.
writing-group-benefits

Ouch, right?

But look what happened this past Monday (the green arrow above) when I met up with the teen writers at my local community center. It was my first time leaving the house since the election.  The enthusiasm and fearlessness of these kids is inspiring. (Added bonus – we like a lot of the same music groups.)

And then yesterday when I met up with writers from both the Mountain Scribes (my local group) and the Eastern Panhandle Wrimos (the local NaNoWriMo group). You see what happened (the blue arrow above) there?

So if you’re not in a writing group, then I highly recommend it. There’s something about meeting up with your tribe that will recharge your batteries, stick you just a little outside your comfort zone, and toughen your skin when it comes to getting those reviews and critiques.

Are you in writing group? How’s your NaNoWriMo going? Let’s talk in the comments!

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