What Makes A Good Writing Group
There are a lot of screenwriting groups out there, especially if you live around LA or NY. If you don't, the internet makes it easy to trade scripts. It's not about how many members. The larger groups rarely find their groove because too many writers rotate in and out. My group has been a steady five to six members for years. We've helped each other achieve levels of success in the industry. I'm proud of that.
The main thing is to learn to trust each other. Getting feedback puts you in a very vulnerable state. Let's face it. Any criticism can sting. Executives in Hollywood don't care about your feelings. You want another writer for feedback because they know what it's like to get it. They know how to give it so you don't become defensive and miss the point.
Feedback lets you see HOW people are reading your script. That's it. And if more than a few people are telling you the same thing, you can expect similar comments from the industry. Feedback is not an absolute. I have gone against my entire group on elements of my scripts. You get to choose. Don't ever let feedback make you lose confidence in your story or your ability.
Next time I'll talk about professional coverage services and contests.