By Lynn McPherson
Writing is a solitary occupation. One that requires concentration, imagination, dedication--and time alone to get it done. But it's still important to connect with your peers. How can you interact these days without getting pulled into the endless loop of social media?
One way you might consider is joining a critique group. I've recently joined one and would recommend it for other writers. There are several reasons I think it works and why it's a good idea. Today I'm going to share them with you.
Writers like to talk about writing. A critique group is a great place to talk, listen, and learn. Each author has a different experience and swapping stories is an enjoyable way to gain and share knowledge.
2. Bounce ideas off others
Many authors have beta readers who read their books before they are sent off to their editors and publishers. But before each manuscript is complete, writers are often stuck at some point--maybe a scene isn't working or a character isn't quite right. A critique group is a safe place for authors to read their work-in-progress and get feedback. Sometimes that's all it takes to get past a roadblock.
3. Have fun!
Authors can get so caught up in their work they forget to take a minute and enjoy the process. There's no better way to keep the juices flowing than by taking a break to look out at the world and get involved. And don't forget the treats! My critique group is currently meeting virtually but I still make sure there's a pot of tea and a handful of cookies within reach.
How do you like to interact with the outside world?