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Subject: Writing Groups?
Date Posted: 7/4/2008 2:48 PM ET
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I don't know if this question has been asked before, but does anyone have any suggestion on good online writing groups?

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I've just started writing, so I don't have any direct experience with writing groups. I've looked online, but I haven't found any that I considered to be worth my time.

I did find a lot listed under Yahoo! Groups. I wasn't too impressed though. Few of them had any actual writers in the group. Too many of them had the "read this and tell me how good it is" syndrome.

I think your best bet would be to find a few other writers and to form your own group. That way, you can pick the exact genre and skill level that you need.

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 4:55 PM ET
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I belong to kiwiwriters.org  they are a group of New Zealand writers who have expanded to pretty much having people from most parts of the world.  Friendly group that offers encouragement, had writing challenges and lists of resources on their home page.  They have areas were you can ask for others to look over your work if you want but its not that kind of group.. Its more a writers support group and helping inspire people to write.

I would agree with Tim on staying away from those critique groups, I have yet to get any kind of real help from those places.

What genre do you write in? There are many writing groups that are professional that can help steer new writers in the right directiong, like Romance Writers of America etc.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:51 PM ET
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I haven't gone wron with Nanowrimo, it's really a self challenge meant for November but some people are doing it in off months and the boards are still active. Everything from genre advice, to plot problems to research help and with the private nanomail feature you can correspond privately with a few people you select from the thousands on the boards.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 3:37 PM ET
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NaNO is great but is such a large community now.. I would recommend joining your local area group on the site.

Cant wait for NaNO!

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 7:05 PM ET
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I found the best online writing/critique groups are ones that are attached to a writing organization that you pay to join. Especially if they have a survey you fill out because that usually means do their best in pairing writers. I like groups where there is a mix of beginning and published writers.

While I also like mixed genre groups, I have found that sometimes it can be hard with critiquing (if writers only read in the genre they write) because each genre is a little different on some aspects of novel writing. (pacing, showing/telling, 'requirements', etc.)

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 7:58 AM ET
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Ditto joining your local Nano group.  I was dealing with an illness last year so it was a little intimidating for me how many of the local writers doing Nano have been published.  This year, I may not be able to officially do Nano, as I'm struggling with the novel I'm trying to write and don't want to drop it for a new one.  However, I intend to show up for the meetings and use the goal for inspiration.