Who all is in a writing group? I ask because I think having one is incredibly important. I actually do consider this community a large writing group, but having a smaller group where everyone can accurately critique is a huge benefit.
Some folks have in-person writing groups. I know Brandon Sanderson does. However, a large number of people (like me) have virtual writing groups.
I am the leader of a group on RRL, LitRPG Society.The group is composed of LitRPG web serials. Some of us have our own websites, some of us don't. http://forum.royalroadl.com/showthread.php?tid=83267
I'm extremely proud of the fact that we have 5 best selling writers in the group. Also, Unbound Deathlord: Challenge goes on sale tomorrow, and I'm super stoked about that too! I'm hoping that Edward kills it in the next few weeks.
A few of us are publishing sequels and we should have a few more first books next year, too.
Anyway, I've gotten a ton of great advice and given a few bits myself in my group. I think one way my group is most helpful is how it's organized around a single genre. We have a certain amount of trade info passed along, but also cultivate some brand recognition among readers.
I'm also part of a group on FB, as well as several larger FB groups around the genre I write in. I like to post in a few general writing FB groups too, and here as well (obviously).
So anyway, how many in the larger community here have a writing group? Is it helpful for you?