A week or so ago, I blogged about the importance of writing groups. Their importance to a writer was underscored this week when I read the last chapter of my novel 'Touched' to the group. Not only did the act of reading out loud to a group flag up the odd 'silly' and also where my wording had been clumsy, but there were also some very useful suggestions about the nuances of this crucial final scene. I have spent this afternoon trying out the suggestions that were made and I'm delighted with the result. The changes are only subtle but they have made the scene smoother and the key element, the sacrifice made by my lead female character, Tess, clearer and more believable. I really could not have done this without their input - it's invaluable.