I think I want to find a group of other aspiring writers out there. Now, there is a caveat, of course. Everyone and their dog claims themself a writer, so what I'm looking for are people actively trying to get published. I've been a "writer" for decades, but I haven't put myself into this kind of focused effort to get published until just a couple years ago. It's different.
So now I have to figure out where to find others. I've considered my circle of friends, but I think I might be the only one actually doing this seriously. Everyone wants to write a script or a fan fic, but I have no one to compare novel writing techniques, mapping out a plot, various ways of outlining or a myriad of other problem unique to those pursuing publishing.
In case you're wondering what's brought this on, there are a couple reasons. A published author named Jenna Moreci, who is about to release her new book The Savior's Champion, highly suggested getting in a writer's group to compare your stuff with other writers. I considered it after hearing her talk about the benefits. Then I started listening to Writing Excuses, a podcast about writing that I've mentioned before. Big name, multi-series authors take 15 minutes out of their day to share some experience and advice with whomever decides the podcast is worth their time, and these highly successful authors... are a frickin' writing group. I don't know why it didn't strike me immediately, but as I listened, I realized they've all been reading each other and giving feedback. Even these people utilize writers groups.
So, I suppose now I just have to figure out where to find them. I'll probably start somewhere on Reddit and move on from there, but, gosh, I wish I could a decent circle of people near me to meet in person. Until then, my lovely and amazing Beta Readers will pull me through.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.