This post was written specifically for the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop.
One thing that I found is liable to help you on your writing quest is to grow and cultivate a community of like-minded individuals around you. Even if it’s only online (ideally I think you want both online & in-person), it can have many benefits for writers of all levels.
Below are a few of my suggestions on how to meet and get in touch with other writers and I’ve split them into the online & the reality based options.
- Use Twitter.
There are a number of daily writing hashtags or games. There are also several chats to help you connect with people. If you’re not sure where to find some of these, I’d suggest following @writevent, who posts daily reminders/links to many of them.
- Join a Facebook group.
There approximately 7,356,000 Facebook groups dedicated to books and writing. Ok, probably not that many, but there are a lot. Our delightful hostess Raimey once told me that she’s a member of about 35-40 alone, if that give you some idea.
- Read & comment on other people’s blogs.
A good way to share thoughts and strike up a rapport. If you can sign up for a blog hop like this, even better.
- Take part in NaNoWriMo
Not only can you connect with other participants but you’ll also get ‘pep talks’ from established authors. Plus, I think it’s a learning experience in and of itself.
- Go to a locally held author event.
It might be a reading/signing, it might be a convention with several authors in attendance. Either way there’s a good chance you’ll a) be among like-minded people & b) learn something.
- Take part in NaNoWriMo
I know I already had this one under the online heading but there’s also a very good chance that some local participants will be out there organizing workshops, write-ins at coffee shops or other similar activities.
- Join your local writer’s group.
Again, you’re pretty much guaranteed to learn something. What might make some nervous (including me, which is the main reason I haven’t joined one) is the likelihood that part and parcel of the group will be sharing what you’ve written and receive feedback on it, face to face.
One suggestion I don’t have, mainly because I still struggle with it myself, is how to find the courage to actually talk to people when it comes to the reality based suggestions. But then, I’d like to believe not everyone has the level of self doubt I do.
As always, please leave any thoughts or suggestions of your is in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by.
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