For over a year, my friend has been trying to talk me into joining her writer's group. I hesitated because I felt like I wouldn't be able to give my story the full commitment it needed.
I regret putting it off for so long.
The group is fantastic. It's a mix of Indie authors and traditionally published authors. They don't hold back if you've written something they don't like, which is really refreshing. They tell you if the story is working or if it isn't.
I took my story to them a couple of weeks ago, and they were very blunt with me about my first four pages. I ended up cutting the first three. They pointed out I was spending too much in my head and not enough in Ren's (my main character). I feel like the story is in a much better position now.
I'm starting the editing process again on my story with fresh eyes and I'm going to keep attending the group. Hopefully, if I get brave enough, I start submitting it to agents.