Before participating in NaNoWriMo 2013, I was all about writing by myself, secluded at home mostly. But since participating in NaNoWriMo’s write-in's during November I've continued to participate in monthly and weekly writing groups that I absolutely love. I recommend joining one if you can; being around a community of writers is inspiring. These are the benefits I have found with writing groups: 1. Support from like-minded individuals who love to write. 2. Gain other contacts for editors, publishers, websites, articles, etc. that come recommended. 3. Exchange critique for critique, if you're brave enough. 4. Run by elements of your story for feedback. 5. Socialize!