Our group is small. While several people have come and gone over the last few years, we have a core group of four. We don’t advertise, but each of us has brought guests at one time or another.
We are kind in our criticisms, although we are very aware that the purpose of the group is not to hold a
I think the blunt commentary on our work is one of the reasons we have had several potential members decide we are not the group for them.
Each of us brings a selection for the group to read, with a copy for each person. We aim at about 5 pages,
Especially helpful is the variety of backgrounds and interests we bring to the group. One member is a former newspaper editor. I think we all treasure her red pen, and hurry home to look at the items she has marked. I know I do. We don’t necessarily discuss every minor correction, but she picks up so many minor errors and awkward statements that our manuscripts come out much improved. She is our bestselling author, with a couple of science fiction books and one on Civil War ghosts.
One member is a church secretary with a macabre sense of humor and an excellent eye for both story line and presenting the unexpected. She specializes in short stories with wonderful character development and a growing sense of dread, which is always justified in the end.
Our lawyer member is working on a spy novel set in the 1970’s in China and the US. Since I write a crime series, I find it especially useful to have a lawyer who is willing to answer my legal questions.
I haven’t quite figured out if I have any special attributes to contribute to the group, but we all.
Are you a member of a writing group? Has it been helpful to you, and would you recommend it to others?