I’ve always been a big believer in writers joining writer's groups. I know, it's a basic idea, but I promise it can be very powerful.
There’s a lot to be said for hanging around folks who do what you do. Let’s face it, non-writers do not always understand the demands of a writer’s life. Writers (published and pre-published) “get” a writer’s struggles. They can support your dreams and be a great source of inspiration and knowledge. A local chapter meeting or a national conference can be the chance to discuss your story, hone the craft of writing, or hear updates on the publishing industry.
I can trace back many of my career successes to a writing group. I met my critique partners at a local chapter meeting. I connected with my agent through a writer's conference. I picked up savvy tips that helped me manage my business from another writer's presentation. And I’ve made tremendous friends who I reconnect with at conferences or local chapter meetings.
If you are working on your latest project and feeling like you need a boost, check out a writer's group and meet with some like-minded people. I've listed a few of the national organizations that I’ve joined, but there are also many other online, regional and local groups. A quick online search is sure to find the right group for you.
Sisters in Crime (SistersinCrime.org)
Romance Writers of America (RWA.org)
Mystery Writers of America (Mysterywriters.org)
International Thriller Writers (Thrillerwriters.org)
Novelists, Inc. (ninc.com)