Many writers, including some published authors, are known for relying on a writing group to get feedback that is key to their revision process. But how does a writer go about finding one or starting one? Well, the truth is that this depends greatly on the resources available to you.
One of the most common places to find a writing group is a location that is somehow connected to the education system. In other words, schools (or rather, colleges) and libraries. A college writing program is the best place to find fellow writers aside from a library. And libraries tend to support literacy (obviously), so it’s pretty much common sense that a writing group may gather there once a month or so.
Personally, I’ve found that looking online doesn’t help at all. On the other hand, starting a writing group is something different entirely. You have to know other writers, and I’d advise you to find people who write similar stuff as you.
I once tried starting a writing group by posting an ad on Craigslist. Needless to say, it didn’t go very well. One writer wanted to do manga, and I write exclusively fantasy. Also, the two writers that emailed me didn’t take their writing seriously at all. That brings up another point. If you are a serious writer, only be in a writing group with other serious writers.
Always remember that having a writing group helps, but only if the other writers are as serious as you are. Otherwise, it’s just another hobby.
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