by Jennifer Bozell
Writing is often solitary work, and it can be isolating. As a writer, you spend time at a computer screen, gathering your thoughts and trying to express them in the most meaningful way possible. Noble work, yes, but it can also start to feel lonely if there is no one with whom to share your work and guide your progress. Are you on the right track? Is this draft better than your last one? If you’re just turning to friends and family for feedback on your work, you might be missing an opportunity to grow as a writer.
That’s where being a member of a writer’s group can be enormously helpful. Be it an online group or one in which members meet in person, there are many benefits to joining such a creative community.
First of all, it can be a wonderful source of inspiration. A writer’s group gives members an environment where they can not only share ideas, but also create and nurture them during the group time. For someone experiencing writer’s block, whether it’s being stuck on a story point or feeling at a loss for ideas in general, being active in a writing group can help alleviate the problem.
It’s also a massive incentive to get work done. Friendly competition with others can motivate and incentivize you to become a better writer. And, it creates deadlines. If you want feedback on your script at the next meeting, then it better be completed!
Joining a writing group can also make you a better writer. Others can help you see problems in your work that you can’t spot yourself. It will also help to improve your work to see the mistakes that other writers make. It’s an opportunity to learn and grow.
Finally, it’s likely you’ll meet interesting, smart, talented friends. Being in the company of other people who understand your passion for writing can create a tremendous supportive bond. You can toast each other’s successes and comfort each other in your struggles. It can be fun and rewarding on many levels, so if you’re not already in a writer’s group, give it a shot!