I kinda failed on my promise to get around to see everyone this weekend. A three game losing streak by the Orioles & some nonessential - yet tiring - drama in my "normal" routine made a liar out of me. Such is my life.
Okay, so today's post: I really don't get the full purpose of writers groups.
There are so many out there. From the biggies that are attached to a specific genre, like the RWA (Romance Writers Association) to the regional groups established to help writings in a specific area, like the Maryland Writers Association.
I have yet to join any group, because I'm not really sure I need to. The cost of annual membership for most of them is relatively small, so it isn't a money situation that's kept me from jumping in. I honestly don't know what the benefits are & if they're really worth it. If I'm not the kind of person who enjoys going to monthly meetings, and I'm not actively looking for a critique group is there still a point to it? Do agents & publishers think more highly of those with a membership than those without?
I'm not being snooty or derogatory when I ask what the point is, I'm genuinely curious!
So I guess I'm asking you all. Do any of you belong to any sort of officially recognized writing groups? Which one? Do you feel membership has helped make you a better writer? If you aren't already a member, do you plan to become one soon?