Last Monday, I attended my online writing group. It’s something I have done every week for the past three years, except for holidays. A friend and I started it together, inviting a few other writers we met at AWAI’s Bootcamp.
The number of members in our writing group has been as high as eight. It’s currently at five, with a sixth member on leave for health issues. Overall, it has been a wonderful, supportive, and caring group. We help one another with encouragement when needed, ideas for projects, and quick CUBA reviews. (CUBA is an acronym for Confusing, Unbelievable, Boring, Awkward.)
I have found my group so supportive and helpful that I thought I’d share with you how we evolved over the three years to become such a strong support for one another.
First of all, let’s define “writing group.”
A writing group is made up of like-minded people with similar goals. In our case, freelance web writers.
If you’re not careful, you can gather a writing group from all over the map. (If you meet online, they can literally be all over the map, but that’s okay.) Having writers with diverse interests, skills, and goals may not be a good fit. You will have to determine what a good fit is for you and your group.
Once that’s established, each person can offer a unique viewpoint to the way you do things, or answer a question, or provide wisdom from their experience. But goals should be clearly laid out that the group can agree on.
Here are some examples:
- Do you want to meet to offset loneliness? Then a friendly, informal meeting can work.
- Do you need critiques, CUBA reviews, or other hands-on help? Then it’s a work meeting.
- Do you want to fast-forward your business goals? Then a mastermind group is the ticket.
Whatever your purpose, you want to be sure that all are on board with it.
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