Up next in Writing Communities is online resources. These can be places to find information, or build relationships with other writers. Some may be blogs, some are websites for individuals or magazines. I don’t think it matters much where or who you get support and inspiration from so long as it is relevant to you and your work.
It does takes a lot of trial and error to find groups that fit you well enough to be of help. I advise you to read the about pages, and take advantage of whatever connections are available. Try to have an idea of what it is you are looking for-makes recognizing it so much easier. Join in the conversation, post questions, how else will you discover if the group is a good fit? There’s no penalty for leaving if they aren’t your cup of tea.
You may also find that your needs change as you become more experienced and move through not only the writing process, but the publishing process as well.
In no particular order, here are a few groups I’ve belonged too or still do, plus a few I’m familiar enough with to recommend. Some are based on common denominators like genre, gender, or style, others the writing process or publishing.
Live to Write – Write to Live “Professional writers talk about the craft and business of writing”
The online publication of the International Thriller Writers
We’re a respectful online writing group made up of writers who improve each other’s work with thoughtful critiques and by sharing their writing experience.
She Writes is a community, virtual workplace, and emerging marketplace for women who write, with over 20,000 active members from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Leveraging social media tools and harnessing women’s collaborative power, She Writes is fast becoming the destination for all women who write.
No frills Q&A forums
Absolute Write is a comprehensive informational Website for writers of all levels. Absolute Write offers articles and information about fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, freelancing, and copy writing. In addition, we provide information about editing, publishing, agents, and market research. You’ll find links to classes, software, and a large and active online community of writers and publishing professionals.
An online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and much more…
WritersDigest.com is the one-stop shop for information, resources and writing community. Writers can connect with other writers on our forum, visit our blogs and sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter. They’ll also find weekly writing prompts, contests and competitions, conference listings, and online exclusive articles.
(I like WD and find their material very helpful. I have participated in various writing prompts and contest-eventually you begin to recognize the regular contributors. But, WD does inundate you with offers if you subscribe to their email and it can get annoying.)
Figment is, above all, a community of writers, and communities run on respect. Treat your fellow Figs with kindness so that any Fig, new or old, feels comfortable using the forums, entering contests, and sharing work.
Okay, that a lot to work through. I may add to this list in another post but focus more on a specific aspect. Let me know if there is anything you are looking for and I’ll try to find it for you.