The Importance of Joining a Writing Community
It can be tough out there as a writer, especially if you’re unknown and trying to get your name out to the masses. That’s why it’s good to have a support system in place, or a community if you will, that can help you become a better writer. Joining a writing community can take you a long way in improving your writing and help motivate you to get more work done.
It also never hurts (even if it feels like it does) to show people your work; even if the work is not where you quite want it to be, yet. The trick is to make sure whoever you let read your work doesn’t just tell you it’s good, even when it’s not—because trust me, it’s not always going to be good. And that’s very important to figure out early on in your writing career.
To make it short and sweet, no matter how tempting it is, don’t strictly show your work to yes men (aka your friends and family). A writing community allows you to share your work with a variety of people who all have different likes and opinions. These varying critiques of your work will help you grow as a writer and find your unique writing voice.
There’s also the other side of the coin; you can’t be too critical with your own stuff by refusing to let others help you work out some of the kinks in the story. I can’t tell you how many times I came up with an idea when talking to a friend about either a story I’m working on or just about random stuff.
Even if the person you show your work to isn’t a writer, it doesn’t mean they can’t come up with something that can help your story. Sometimes you’re just too close to the work to see a great idea right in front of your face. So, don’t be afraid to listen to others’ input, even if that input goes against your hardcore ideas.
Like anything, there are ups and down to becoming a writer. Hopefully there are more ups than downs, but let’s be realistic here, that’s usually not the case in the beginning. It takes a lot of time, patience, and practice to build your writing skills.
This is when it helps to know other writers (if they’re not d-bags, that is) to help you through the rough times. And remember, if there’s a fellow writer you know that needs help, you should help them if you’re able to.
Because you never know when the shoe will be on the other foot and you’ll be the one in need of a helping hand. You also never know when that big break can happen, and it might be from someone who you helped out in the past. So always be nice to your fellow writers.
Being nice to others is probably one of the most important things when it comes to trying to get your name out there. If you’re not already an established writer, it’s going to be so much harder to get your work published if you’re a raging a-hole.
Now, I’m not saying let everybody walk all over you; that’s not going to help anything, either. Just don’t be that guy that nobody wants to work with. Because you’ll need help with stuff from time to time, and burnt bridges are only going to make things harder.
So please, do yourself a favor and find a writing community that can help with your work. You won’t be disappointed. It can be other writers or just readers (both have their benefits) that can help you fine tune your craft. And if you are having a difficult time finding a group to join, start your own!
There’s always more people out there who want to get in the writing game, and creating your own group can help you build a fan base for your future work as well. Of course, if you really wanted to, you can like us on Facebook. We’re always up for discussing things and reading work from you fine folks. And always, keep on writing.
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