Friday, April 15, 2011

How Editing Groups Work (Part 7 of 4)

Keiki raised the question that all editing groups have to face: Do we all need to write in the same general field? For example, many groups invite only fiction writers.

I personally oppose the limited-scope memberships. If our aim is to write well, we need to take advantage of any opportunity to improve.

Even more important, novelists need to learn to write narrative passages, which is a common weakness in fiction; nonfiction writers need to figure out how to write anecdotes and good stories.

Most important to me is that we can always glean and grow from other writers. Too many fiction writers in editing groups begin to sound like each other. By editing outside their area, members gain information that they probably wouldn’t otherwise read.

Good writers seek opportunities to grow.
Regardless of the genre, they can learn from each other.


  1. A kind thank you Cec for selecting my question for a response. I can see how a writing group (online or physical) can benefit the members with a wider genre scope.

  2. Hi Cec, I read your blogs all the time and greatly appreciate the information that is taught. You manage to include a lot of helpful info without excessive words! ;-) Just wanted to say "thanks!"

  3. Two people have asked how to find an editing group. My answer: The same way you find any support group. Ask.
    Ask your friends. Co-workers. Call churches. Go on-line. Go to a writers conference in your region. Ask there.
    OR start your own group. I've started at least 6 groups.If you know two other writers who are open to an editing group, you already have enough to start.

    If you want something badly enough, you'll find a way to get it.


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