What Can A Writing Group Do For You?
by Hunter Frost
It’s been nearly a week since the release of my first short story, “What Can Brown Do For You?” featured in the Men In Uniform anthology from Torquere Press, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with its reception. This story was the product of my participation in a writing workshop, and while that played a huge part in helping me create, polish, and complete my manuscript, it was the group of writers I worked with that gave me the final push to publication.
In order to make it through those tough times all writers must face, and usually face alone, I had the benefit of relying upon other writers who had gone or were going through the same struggles. We commiserated with each other, ranted to each other, and motivated each other to move past the road blocks that have the potential to paralyze even the most seasoned writers.
What can a writing group do for you?
Empathize – they listen to your woes and understand completely, because they have been there before or are going through the same thing!
Brainstorm – they help you figure out that plot hole or character backstory
Motivate – they help encourage you past your most crippling self-doubt
Teach – they give you tips and tricks to improve all aspects of your writing life
Critique – they beta, proofread, and offer important feedback
Network – they find calls, introduce you to publishers and agents, and promote your work
Become your friends – now you’ll have friends to find at conferences, meet at retreats, and talk you down off that ledge on bad writing days!
I never realized how important a writing group would be in my journey toward becoming a published author, but now I can’t imagine not having their support as I continue to create and publish.
Writing is a lonely pursuit. But you’re not alone. Give a writing group, workshop, or class a try. It may be the best thing to happen to your writing.
About the Book
What Can Brown Do For You?
IT geek Sean Barlow lusts after the dreamy UPS guy who charms the ladies in his office with his roguish smile and sinful brown shorts. He couldn’t be more out of Sean’s league, even if by some miracle he was gay. But when a freak power outage finds Sean trapped in the elevator with his uniformed hunk, he learns first-hand that you can’t judge a UPS guy by the size of his package.
Check out JustJen’s review of The Gig to see what she thought!
About the Author
Hunter lost a bet at a blackjack table and begrudgingly traded temperate Southern California for the sweltering heat of Las Vegas. There she resides with an extremely tolerant boyfriend and a fat little cat named after her favorite espresso, Latte. When she’s not dreaming of returning to coastal living, Hunter works on her MA thesis in British history and at her government day job. In order to appease her muse, she writes the kind of fiction that keeps her sane. She adores romance in all forms, but prefers her stories with two heroes that find their happily-ever-after with each other.