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Monday, March 29, 2010

A Wealth of Writers Groups

If you're an aspiring writer, or a veteran looking for new inspiration to kick-start your work, my humble suggestion is to find a local writing group and join in the fun.  I've been a member of the Kansas City Writers Group for nearly two years and there is no other single thing that has made me a better writer in all aspects.  I've not only had the chance to present my work to fresh eyes and minds, but learned also a bit about editing and critiquing other works, which in turn has only helped my own.
The advantages of a group are many-fold; not only the chance to discuss your work and that of others, but to gain insight as to how other writers tackle the issues we all have; researching, copyright issues, character development, and any of dozens of other things writers all face, even the dreaded writers block.
Many schools, colleges, and universities have writing groups but these usually cater to those enrolled.  My best recommendation is to check out Meetup.com and track down a group in your area.  And you'll find groups not only for writers but other interests as well, in fact just about anything you can think of.  But in this particular vocation, writers/poets/screenwriters are well served in just about every major city in the country.  And if you can't find one closeby, heck, start one up of your own! Meetup.com will help you get things off the ground.
But even more, you'll meet people with not just similar interest but maybe even similar questions about this thing called writing. And along the way you'll make new friends and find a few answers to help you become a better writer.

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