I can’t help it, Squiders. I love bulleted lists. It is a horrible addiction, and I swear that I am searching for help so that one day, hopefully soon, I can be free of their indented glory.
If you’re a writer and on the internet, you’ve probably come across a writing community. They do tend to be everywhere, from social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter, to individual websites, to special “invite-only” communities where you have to meet some criteria to get in. You could have a different one for every day of the week–or month–if you really wanted.
It’s hard to know which one is right for you, and it’s entirely possible that you could belong to one forever and then realize, over time, that it’s not providing what you need anymore. So, is it worth it?
To the bulleted list!
- Other people who understand you and what you’re going through
- People who can offer advice and are willing to work through issues with you
- Support system
- May offer challenges and contests to help you practice and try new things
- Can be highly distracting and a time drain
- Like all organizations, there will probably inevitably be drama
- May not get the support you need or may be at a different stage than everyone else
- May find it hard to break into established groups
How do you feel about writing communities, Squiders? Are they essential or a distraction? Any that you’ve found useful over the years?