Writing is a craft. There’s structure, creativity and rules. Someone can learn to write, and write well. My fourth recommendation that helped my writing in 2011? A writing group.
I’m shy, and I lack self-confidence in a lot of areas, but especially with my writing. Last January I bucked up and joined a writing class at our community college. I learned a bit, but I gained something valuable, four exceptional writers and friends in my life.
After this 6 week class, a few of us continued meeting. I grew comfortable with them, and for the first time, began sharing my writing. I gained confidence. I grew as a writer and as a person. The group challenged me, suggested changes, told me where things weren’t working, and occasionally pissed me off. We continue to meet, and are in the process of merging with a larger group to gain additional insight.
A good group will help you on different levels. I believe the most important factor is positive communication. Tearing a person down isn’t acceptable.
Until Next Time…