I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl. I always loved creating my own worlds and would spend my time daydreaming. I would spend days sitting in my treehouse, telling stories to myself. And I never grew out of it. I attempted to write my first novel when I was fifteen.
With that said, I never took it seriously and didn’t even realize it was a valid option as a career. Not until I joined a writers group about a year and a half ago. I joined two right around the same time. One in person and one online.
Organization of Military Community Writers (OMCW) is a discussion and critique group that meets every two weeks. The other members have completely changed the way I look at writing. They have also helped me drastically improve my writing. They are always open and honest about my writing and have taught me many lessons on not only the technical aspects but also the more personal sides of being a writer.
WriteFightGifClub (WFGC) is a large group of writers on Twitter. This group is full of chaos, Avengers, and puppies. I don’t know if I have ever come across a more supportive and accepting group of people. Every time I doubt myself I log in and read through our threads, or join a sprint, and it always helps me feel more confident in myself and my writing.
I can honestly say without these two groups, I would not be the writer I am today. I never would have completed the first draft of my first real WIP (as I don’t consider the high school one real) and I never would have had the confidence to share my work with others.
The biggest tip I can give to both new and old writers is to find a support group, whether it is online, in-person, or a mixture of both. It will change everything.
So thank you to all my friends in OMWC and WFGC. You guys really are the best!