One of my first recommendations to anyone who’s even half serious about writing fiction or non-fiction is to join a writing group. They’ve been enlightening, educational, enabling and informative. A few of my thoughts on the subject are now up on Flash Fiction Chronicles (http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/why-writing-groups/#comments), a new site of, by and for writers of all styles and interests. Drop on by and bookmark it. There’s new commentary every day or so.
Oh, and another value in writers’ group: Great friendships are forged.