Here at Heart-Shaped Glasses, we’re not just authors who blog together, we’re family.
We started as a private online critique group which has evolved into so much more. Yes, there’s critiquing, which is invaluable. Especially when it’s from people who focus just as much with what’s right as what’s not working. I trust these ladies with my precious stories, I trust their experience, which probably (added together) is a lifetime of writing.
I love that we all bring something different to the table. We each have strengths and weaknesses, not only in our writing but in our critique styles. I’m constantly learning.
The next best thing about being part of a great writer’s group? The cheerleading. We’re all at different places in our careers, going down different paths of publishing, writing different genres. But the support we give each other transcends all those things.
I get hurrahs when I succeed at something, even if it’s meeting my wordcount, and sympathy when things are going rough.
Which brings me to my next point on why writer’s groups (the right ones) are awesome: trust. It takes trust to upload a first draft for critique. It requires trust to say, “Hey, I’m having a rough time in my life right now, and this is why.” And I’ve never, ever seen anything shared in that private group shared anywhere else. It’s like a vault. A vault of caring, kindness, and support.
We’re not accepting new members right now, but don’t worry. Your perfect writing group is out there somewhere. Here are some articles on finding and getting the most from writing groups. Read all about them, then find your perfect writing home.
- Want to Join a Writing Group? 8 Places to Look from The Write Life
- How to Find the Right Critique Group or Partner for You from Jane Friedman by Brooke McIntyre
- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, or How to Choose a Writers’ Group from Holly Lisle
Tell us about your experience in writer’s groups. Has it been more positive, like mine, or do you have horror stories?