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In no particular order:
- Because your writing group will keep you writing (literally if your group like mine writes during its time together).
- Because the writing you do once a week (or once a month, for that matter) oozes into the rest of your time — you’ll want to have work to share with your writing group — and when you focus on anything, it grows.
- Because the stories told by the members of your writing group will spark memories and stories in you.
- Because your writing group can be like a good parent and reflect back to you your successes, no matter how small. At our lab, which meets for a scant 1 1/2 hours weekly, we lavish praise for a single line. I was going to say “a single gorgeous line,” but we’d probably lavish praise for a stumbly line, especially if we see that our fellow labster is struggling to get writing done.
- Because, conversely, your writing group will stop you from getting too big for your britches. We’re all in this together, and if you’ll be honest with them, they’ll be honest with you.
- Because reading and learning to talk about other people’s unpublished writing teaches you so much about your own writing.
- Because your writing group witnesses your journey as a writer, from fledgling to … wherever you take it.
- Because your writing group will come with wine or covered dishes to your annual potluck.
- Because your writing group helps you to shoulder your writing work.
- Because your writing group (like the play groups you took part in as a child, like musicians), reminds you that you’ve gathered not to work, but to play.