Many people think that writing is a life of solitude. During the creation process, maybe…probably. But once a concept is solidified, a critique group becomes priceless.
Let me explain. Once a writer has an idea that he/she thinks can really go places, and they start to write it, what happens is that the story in the writer’s head and the story on paper may not necessarily be the same.
I know, you think you know this, but here’s the deal. You don’t really know it. At least, you don’t know it well enough to see the absence of very important details in your story.
You are the creator. You have the master plan in your head, know where it’s going, what the MC is thinking, what the world looks like – everything. But because of this, you can’t see what you haven’t told because in your head it’s all there.
Enter group. The writer’s group reads your beautiful WIP and questions where they are, what they look like, how they are related, who’s talking, you know, those little tiny details.
A group will help you create grow your story into something with more depth than you thought possible, introduce subplots and complexities you may not have believed you could.
Think about it. The writing community used to be lots smaller, but even then, some of the really great authors, like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein, still got together to meet and discuss ideas.
Their impact is immeasurable. If you can’t meet in person, start looking for people online who would like to work with you.
I promise, it will be a decision you won’t regret.
4 thoughts on “The Value of a Group”
Finding a critique group was one of the best things that ever happened to my writing! There's no replacement for that objective view of your writing from people you trust.
I love my critique group and always look forward to our (sort of) monthly Friday evening get-togethers. It's not just the critiquing – there's nothing like spending a couple hours with people who really get you because they are writers too!
Critique groups and beta readers are so important! I don't know what I'd do without them.
My critique group is awesome. Just sayin'.
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