When I turned seven years old, I joined the local Brownie troop. We made snow globes, visited local dairies and earned our badges together. I formed a tight group of friends with whom I went on to join the Girl Scouts.
In high school, I joined the band dancers—allowing me to attend all the football games, cheer on my team and learn intricate routines with my team members.
More of the same group joining in college—volley teams, clubs and more.
Each time I’m a member of a group, I grow as a person. I interact with the personalities around me. I learn new skills.
Now I’m a part of a group of writers in my town where I’m the facilitator. We share, we grow together, and we learn our craft. I’m also a part of online writers where I learn even more because of the instant availability of information at the stroke of a key.
Recently, I’ve taken to writing fiction more seriously. I do alright with my particular niche of nonfiction, but I feel a little like a new swimmer testing the cold water with my big toe when it comes to writing great readable fiction.
I’m getting it, but slowly.
What I’m lacking is a good critique group.
Here’s my question for you—how did you find your critique group, do you recommend being part of one—and if you use one, how has your writing improved?
Writing can be a lonely practice—but I don’t think it’s meant to be. Reach out today and join a group of fellow writers!