I’ve said before that writing is hard work. It’s not for the queasy. If you started writing recently or if you have been a scribbler for years, there is ONE thing that you can do TODAY to become a better writer. What is it? Drumroll please.
Join a writer’s critique group.
Yep. I said it. Voluntarily become part of a group that reads and critiques writing, including your own.
Why will it help you?
Here are 7 reasons why being part of a critique group will help improve your writing:
- Since the group meets regularly, you’ll have a push to meet a deadline.
- You’ll hear other people’s stuff and how they write. This will make your writing better.
- You’ll get incredibly good feedback. You’ll learn what works and what doesn’t. You’ll discover things you’d ordinarily miss.
- You’ll learn how to develop a thick skin. Like that of an alligator or an elephant.
- You’ll grow more persistent.
- You’ll develop your writing skills and techniques.
- You’ll become a better writer. That’s the inevitable result of being around like-minded people nurturing you as you learn to master your craft.
Birds of a feather
Getting together with like-minded people with a common objective usually proves beneficial to each participant.
Please note that I used the word participant. That means you are willing to read what others present and you are willing to present what you have written. It’s a give and take thing. It’s not all about you. You’ll definitely have to step out of your comfort zone.
Critique groups don’t exist to bully you into submission. Their mission is to nurture you as a writer; to come along side you in your writing journey. You should leave each session with a better idea of what works in your story and what doesn’t. You’re always free to take what you find useful and discard what you don’t. Ultimately, you are the person responsible for honing the quality of your craft.
So there you are. Go out and connect with a writer’s critique group today. Chances are you can find one through your local writers’ group, public library or monthly city newsletter.