Today, we’re going to be looking at one of the crucial things that will help you as a writer: Community.
What is a community?
The dictionary defines community as “an assemblage of interacting populations occupying a given area.”
For writers, it’s a place, online or local, where you meet up with other writers and encourage each other.
Why should writers be in a community?
As a writer, there are going to be days when you may be nervous about the writing industry, or whether you are a good writer. You need to lean on other writers as well to help you. From my experience, I have met some amazing writers who have been so encouraging for me with my stories, platform and simply when I’m not having a great day.
Where do I find a community?
There are tons of communities out there, especially on the internet.
I recommend starting on Goodreads, a book review site that also loads of groups for just about anything, including writing groups. Try and look for a group that:
A. Has your interests, e.g. Christian, Young Writer, Polls etc. You can do this by searching keywords.
B. That is active.
My top recommendation for a community on Goodreads is a group called Writing Buddies, which has a buddy system, mini competitions and just an amazing amount of support.
If you are a young writer, i.e. a writer under the age of 30, I strongly recommend The Young Writer, which not only has an awesome Facebook group, but they also have a Guidebook with tips from so many authors and publishers, a free four-part video series AND a Writer Score which assesses you as a writer in ten categories, e.g. Platform, Mentor, Strategy, Community 🙂 etc. You can take the Writer Score as many times as you wish.
If you are a teen writer, Go Teen Writers is a great community with a blog, Facebook group AND a book for you bibliophiles.
Finally, if you are a young writer who is a Christian and wants a community and a chance to get published on a website, Kingdom Pen is for you.
Note: The last three websites are Christian based.
Remember, each writer is different and has different preferences, so don’t feel like you have to join a certain group. You do what time allows you to do.
How about you?
Are you in a community? If so, is it local or online?
What do you look for in a community?