Why do you belong to a writing group? Is it for practice, to receive input on what might be needed to improve your story or to have others, no matter what they really think, praise what you've written?
I just read an excellent article over at Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified, titled "For Those Who Would Critique". It has some good points, it's worth the read! The first point made is "Make sure the group has a clearly stated goal."
Do you belong to a critique group? Are they more beneficial on line or meeting as group in person? Do you have a group that is open for more people to join?
I think that at some point, it's necessary to write to be published and reach for that goal. While it's necessary to practice at writing, at some point, the decision has to be made to choose a story, improve on it, critique it and then send it off. What are your thoughts on this subject?