First off, thanks for all the congratulations yesterday. You made my day :)
Now here are the top ten reasons you need a writing group:
10. They can critique your work and, unlike your friends and family members, they won't just nod and smile and say, "Oh, this is great!" They'll give you real feedback, and your writing will improve because of it.
9. They can answer questions that regular people can't. Like, what does dystopian mean? or how do I make my novel "high concept"?
8. They can send you their awesome manuscripts to read and feed your creativity.
7. They can sympathize with you when you get rejected.
6. They can celebrate with you when you get an agent, or an editor, or ten weeks on the NYT Bestseller List (We can dream :)
5. They can send you funny and/or useful links
4. They can help your pitiful new blog get started (thanks girls)
3. They can understand why you might rather stay home and write on a Saturday night when your significant other/friends can't.
2. They can keep you motivated to write more, because you don't want to let them down.
1. They can become more than just a writing group
I LOVE my Word Stringers! We met when the beautiful and talented Megan Rebekah decided to start a writing group. She invited people via her blog and the Absolute Write Forums and we came running.
There are 4 of us who have stayed involved and, through some combination of luck and destiny, we get along very well! They are all very talented, but more important than that, they all have DIFFERENT strengths. They were a fantastic resource during the revision process and have been right there with me through everything. We email each other almost every day now, and I love to see what they are up to, read their work, share frustrations, and celebrate with them.
It is awesome to have people to talk to about writing, and though I've never met any of them in person, (they all live on the opposite side of the country from me), they are great friends.
So here they are: (aren't they cute!)