Tip 2 of 6 Tips for Aspiring Writers
Once your setting, storyline and characters are in place, it is time to seek the opinions of others. Gaining valuable feedback and constructive criticism will either validate your writing or identify major areas of concern.
There are many advantages to joining a writing group.
1. You have an opportunity to develop your proofreading skills by identifying grammatical and spelling mistakes in another story.
2. You will receive honest feedback about your strengths and weaknesses.
3. You are able to compare and contrast your writing with others in that same genre.
4. You will gain encouragement and support from your peers.
5. You will determine whether or not there is a market for your story.
Keep in mind that there are various types of writing groups which are structured in different ways. Some are online and others are in-person. There are free groups with limited access and paid memberships with unlimited support.
When you’re ready, submit your story for review, and then sit back and wait for their feedback. You will obtain an array of comments so be prepared to embrace all opinions. Use the constructive criticism to refine your story and your overall writing skills.