Okay so I joined a local writer's group because somewhere along my research someone said as a writer, it is a good idea. But now I am there, and wondering... is this a waste of time? I could be writing! I appear to be the only one working on a full manuscript plugging away and focused. Don't get me wrong, the people write but I want to hash out some general things like I find in these forums - people's experiences with plot, POV, style, etc. So far we mainly share (read out loud) something we have written and then get applauded. I've never been to a writer's group so I don't know what I should be expecting. So, my question is: What have your experiences been with writer's groups? And what part has been useful to you?