One More Idea to Consider:
Here’s another important idea you may want to consider as you get started in the writing game. Check local community colleges for adult continuation or special interest classes in writing. Some may even offer workshops or seminars on various aspects of writing. Local libraries are other resources for writing groups, special presentations on writing, or even critique groups. Signing up for a writing course, taking a workshop or joining a critique group can prove beneficial especially if you are a novice writer and may need the support and incentive from others with similar interests. A writing course can also provide the structure and basic techniques necessary for good writing.
Along these same lines, if several of your friends or members of a writing class are interested in working together, you might consider forming your own small writing group. This would allow for immediate feedback and critiquing of your stories, provide opportunities to share similar learning experiences with each other, offer encouragement to get through some of those so called “writer’s block” moments, support each other’s efforts, shed light on new discoveries, and most important, laugh and cry together as you explore the problems of the lonely, yet exhilarating, life of a writer. So with pen in hand and love in your heart, be strong–embrace the unforgiving pain and the sublime joy of the writing life.
Writing is therapy for both you and the reader.