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"Critique This" Writers Group Pages

Why join a writers’ group?

The solitary aspect of writing is a perk. It means we can write anytime, anywhere. It means we are free to explore ideas that might feel uncomfortable to share with others. It means we can perfect what we create, to the best of our abilities, without anyone looking over our shoulder, in our own time and way.

This same solitary aspect of writing can hold us back. While writing purely for our own enjoyment can be hugely rewarding, it can sometimes feel hollow. We may begin to ask ourselves, "What’s the point?" Our thoughts already exist inside us. Putting them on paper doesn’t make them more real to us. We may develop a longing to share the stories of our lives and imaginations.

That's one reason to join this group, but the benefit of having others read our work goes beyond the simple thrill of sharing a story. It is more than proofreading for typos and comma usage. By opening ourselves up to comments and critique, we learn what works and what doesn’t. We find out where we may have been unclear, where we’ve put in more detail than we needed and get the opportunity to ask ourselves questions we might never have thought to ask.

Everything we put down on paper is not going to be great. Seeing that we are accepted even when our work flops is validating of our authentic selves. With the support of a writers’ group, when something doesn’t work, we simply try again. When we succeed, a triumph shared is fuller and sweeter. We experience the accomplishment more deeply with the confirmation and validation of others. We feel heard.

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