Pat Schneider writes, in her book Writing Alone and with Others:
“Writing is an act of communication. As a writer/artist, you give your art into the mind of your reader or listener when you read your work to someone else, or allow it to be read. It is received; you have communicated. That is the fundamental work of the artist.”
When writers work only in isolation, without anyone to receive our writing, we are not able to complete our work as artists. The act of storytelling is like a circuit. We must have a listener/reader to connect the circuit and complete the work.
A writing group can be a safe, productive place to practice this act of communication. Listening to each other’s work allows us to complete the circuit and grow as artists.