I just realized that a year ago April, I joined a writing group OWG and was writing for a couple of months prior to that.
I looked back on my writing from the first post I ever did on the writing group web site and the months following and found such a difference in what I did back then to how I write today.
I’ve found that through others, their suggestions, critiques, and feedback I’ve been able to focus on what really matters with my writing and how I now approach it.
A year ago I had no idea about showing vs. telling (well I did, but didn’t really follow the rules with my writing), tenses, POV’s, hooks, Nanowrimo, and plot and character development. Oh, the list goes on and on about what I didn’t know.
Needless to say, joining the writing group has made a tremendous impact on my writing, and reading for that matter. Now I even look at books differently.
Instead of just reading the story, I now look at character development, what the author’s trying to convey with the story, the plot, the tense, the POV, and everything that I’ve been learning over the past year, and I enjoy reading so much more now.
On the downside it does make me a bit more critical of other peoples work because I understand more now and I look at if the book follows the rules, breaks them and whether it works or not.
There’s so much more to say, but I think as a writer, a writing group is one of the best time investments you can make. It will help you hone your skills as a writer, and you’ll see a noticeable improvement in your writing, and how you write.
While you interact with fellow writers, you won’t feel so alone in your writing world and you’ll find the support, encouragement and knowledge to become the writer you want to be.