I've finally joined a writers group.
And you know what? It's fun.
I had all these reasons why I shouldn't bother - too time consuming, I wouldn't find anyone writing stuff I liked, I wouldn't find anyone who liked the kind of stuff I write, I'm better off just reading...
But... I joined an online group this week and almost instantly found a book I loved reading. It was tightly paced, brilliantly atmospheric, with believable, likeable characters and a fascinating tinge of fantasy. (Steampunk? - the fantasy was against a very Victorian setting.)
I get to read a brilliant book for free and then say what I think about it?
True, I read through quite a lot of first pages and synopsis that weren't quite my cup of tea. But even that was a learning experience.
I hope that the author found my critiques useful - I didn't actually find much to really critique - it was already very well edited and I thought the story read brilliantly as it was. So my critique was more a rave about how much I enjoyed it!
The only bad thing is that the book isn't finished yet, so I'm going to have to wait to see what happens and hope the end lives up to the early promise.
Waiting isn't my strong spot.
First critique done... soon I'll have to think about putting up a chapter of my own.
Now that's scary!