10 Reasons to Join a Professional Writing Organization
Being a new fiction writer is tough.
You feel as if you don’t know what you’re doing. You struggle to stay motivated. You get discouraged easily. You don’t know who to turn to for advice when you’re stuck.
No wonder so many of us give up.
If you’re ever tempted to abandon the dream, remember one thing – help is closer than you think.
What kind of help am I talking about?
A writer’s organization.
I know, I know, groups aren’t my thing either, but when I joined one – in my case Sisters in Crime – I began to think maybe I really could write that novel that had been in my head for years. Joining SinC, both the national organization and my local chapter, made me take my dream seriously. It was the best thing I have ever done for my fiction writing career.
Through SinC I’ve:
gotten to know both professional authors and new writers like me;
met people writing in a variety of crime genres;
made friends who understand the unique challenges of being a crime writer;
soaked up their support;
experienced the joy of sharing what I know and lifting others up;
learned about the craft, the publishing industry, social media for writers, crime investigation, law enforcement and hundreds of other helpful things;
developed leadership skills, honed my public speaking chops, and even learned how to create and manage a website;
attended writers’ conferences that I wouldn’t have known existed if I hadn’t been a part of this group;
met icons in the crime fiction world;
and perhaps the most important thing – I met my brilliant critique partner who has prodded, encouraged, taught, and helped me become a better mystery writer than I would have been able to be on my own.
And SinC is only one option available to you. Even if you're an introvert, as I am, give it a try. You won't be sorry. Here is the link to SinC National, plus a few more to check out:
Sisters in Crime – National http://www.sistersincrime.org/
Mystery Writers of America https://mysterywriters.org/
International Thriller Writers http://thrillerwriters.org/
American Crime Writers League http://www.acwl.org/
Mystery Readers International http://mysteryreaders.org/
Are you a member of a professional writing organization? In the comments, tell me which one and what have you gotten out of your membership.