I give up.
A real writing group, where members read and critique each other’s work, offer suggestions and support, and generally share their love of the craft. Here’s what I’ve found, instead. Keep in mind, not all of these are bad things, and some of them have been very beneficial. But I’m still looking for the right group:
- Places where authors advertise their work–to other authors.
- Places where authors can coordinate promotions and giveaways–this has been awesome!
- Places where people go to whine about rejection letters and share excuses as to why they aren’t writing. These annoy me.
I’m currently waiting on an email response from a local group, but if that doesn’t pan out, I may have to start one of my own. If I do, here are the basic ground rules:
- HONEST critiques are welcome; no one benefits from “That’s lovely, dear” without real input. However, respect will be shown to all members and their work. If you can’t figure out how to say what you need to say without being a douchebag, maybe you shouldn’t be writing.
- There are countless forums, Facebook groups, and websites where you can post advertisements for your work. This will not be one of them. The purpose of this group will be for members to recieve and give input on their work in progress.
- While we all know how important reviews are, this isn’t going to be a review-trading forum. Should someone read your book and feel compelled to leave a review, fine. But no “I’ll review yours if you review mine” nonsense.
Thoughts? Input? Additions? Just want to tell me I’m crazy? I’d really much prefer to find and join an existing group, as I’m insanely busy as it is, and I hate starting something I can’t keep up with. If you know of an existing group like this, either online or locally in the Springfield, MO area, leave me a comment and let me know.