Writers groups can be good and they can be bad. Depends on the people in them, and what they're in them for.
On the whole, anything that gets you writing and keeps you writing is a good thing. Anything that stops you writing is a bad thing. If you find your writers group stopping you from writing, then drop it.
Re: Why I started #Teamstreakby @twizzle PATRON | 463 words | 🐣 | 145💌
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I never knew about #Teamstreak when I started writing at 200wad and was surprised when I was drafted into the corps after my 30 day run arrived.
It was nice. Some sort of confirmation that not only was I on the right track, but that there were other people out there, looking at what I was writing (no matter how dark and personal) and were giving me some sort of feedback.
It wasn't an automated "badge" or "achievement. @Brandonwilson found me and pulled me into the group himself. It made me feel that little bit special :)
If #Teamstreak is going to be a place/group/cult for people seeking to become better writers, then perhaps the name needs to change before anything moves on. We are all here for our own different needs and to achieve different goals. My start here was more of a personal exploration of my thoughts and feelings. Others are hoping to improve their use of English, or just to cross-post from their blogs and websites.
However, I would love to write like Mark Manson or inspire people like Gary Vaynerchuck can. There is also a bit of me who thinks I might like to write like Neil Gaiman too. So I am (hopefully) not just here to mentally masturbate my depressive thoughts all over you all. I am hoping I can turn this into something useful for everyone too, not just me.
Perhaps having a "badge" system (30 days, 100 days, top commenter, 10k words) or some sort of Reddit style flair might work to help inspire people to keep writing, commenting or contributing. #Teamstreak could become an optional extra that Patrons' get access to if they choose to join after getting their draft notice from @Brandonwilson.
I guess we could all fit in #Teamstreak to a certain degree and you could argue who should or shouldn't join, but making it optional might be a good idea. We don't all want to become writers - thats not why we are here. Just ticking the box to complete a regular task - to establish a positive habit - is enough for some.
I feel like we are teetering on the cusp of something amazing here.
I will just leave this quote from Neil Gaiman here:
Ps. I am in!