The other day I went on a group joining spree. I’d been looking at the International Thriller Writers (because several reviews called RED a paranormal thriller and I thought I should learn more about the craft of constructing thrillers), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (this one should be obvious), and the Horror Writers Association (I enjoyed having my werewolf eat people in the beginning of RED so much I thought I’d see if I could expand upon the theme. *g* As of this entry, I’m waiting to see if the HWA accepts me.) for a few years now.
I’d weighed the pros and cons of joining these organizations and in the end decided I needed to break out of my ‘comfort zone’. I can’t do that if the only groups I belong to are Novelist Inc. and Romance Writers of America. (There’s a lot of cross-over.) I like these three groups for their unique approaches. I like the fact that they’re geared toward professional writers. They each offer something different. I hope to absorb their knowledge. I have two other groups I may end up joining called PASIC (a group within a group) and SCBWI (since I’m currently trying my hand at YA). I’ve heard great things about these groups and may have to check them out.
Do any of you belong to any of the above groups? If so, what do you think about them? What have you gotten out of these groups?