|Me at this year's writer's retreat|
3. Show up. As often as you can or, at least when you say you are going to.
4. Bring new work now and then. It doesn’t have to be great writing, it doesn’t even have to be really good writing, but it does have to exist.
6. No one can write well in a vacuum. Even when you aren’t feeling like a joiner (and since writers are such solitary creatures, this is most of us), a group of writers can pull you back up.
7. Support your natural leader. Celebrate him/her; pick up the slack once in a while.
8. Ambiance matters. Pick your meeting place carefully. I once belonged to a writer’s group who met on Sunday mornings at a noisy restaurant over breakfast. I now belong to a group who meet at a dark, dingy, delightful pub in the evening for beer beside a fireplace (outdoor patio on summer evenings). Easy choice.
9. Do a membership drive, now and then. A balance of guys/girls is nice, too.
10. You may sometimes influence each other's writing. Accept this. Discuss it.