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Every group has their own make-up: some only do critique, some are genre selective, many are concentrating on getting published, some limit membership to published author only.

Our group is not exclusive we structure ours this way: first we write from a prompt for ten minutes then share them, second we have a presentation around some area of writing, marketing or publishing and third if asked we will do critique for one person.

One of the first subjects we looked at this year was WORD CHOICE make-up: “Words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” — Lord Byron.

We had a Power Point presentation addressing the importance of choosing the right word. We included cheat sheets (what we call them) with pages of substitutes or different choices for such words as bad, very, went, words to describe smells, sounds, voice, anger and different words for how we walk, body types, how pain is experienced and much more.

All of our presentations and these cheat sheets are uploaded to a Drop Box Account that everyone in the group can access and use as needed.

We also have private group within Facebook where we share these types of files as well.