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Do Writing Groups Really Help?


You want to write about that heroine driving you insane or the hero of her dreams, but how to start?  I suggest writing groups; you will find them both on the Internet and off.  In your town or out of another country, but nowhere you go or where you look you will find the group that is right for you.  How do

I know, how can I be sure?  Well i personally Co-Own my own group and am the member of another.  I can tell you that my second novel would have not made it to paper without my writing group helping me through the rewrites and rough drafts, the writers block, and getting the heroine and the hero finally get together.  No without them, my second book would still be driving me insane to finish it. 

I can also attest that without the help of the first writing group i joined i would not have ever gotten my first novel published.  They kept me from going to the wrong people how to format the manuscript and what it really took to submit the book to the Publisher. 

Yes, writing groups have helped my career immensely, however finding the right group for you is the key to getting the right help.  Therefore, what to look for when picking out that perfect group.   First off, I suggest making sure; they offer both honest critiques and helpful feedback. 
Secondly what type of critique submission ratio they have, many offer a 2 to 1 ratio, which means for every two critiques you do you can submit one chapter for help with.  You also need to see how many critiques and submissions are required to remain active.

Another thing to consider is whether the moderator and owner are actively participants in the group, or just run by other people.  How many members are in the group and whether or not chats are encouraged between members?  In addition, do they accept multiple genres or just one? 

Knowing each of these can help you find the perfect group for you.

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