It’s the first Wednesday of the month. So it’s IWSG time. For those who don’t know, bloggers like myself share stories about our writing journeys to inspire fellow writers. We share our triumphs, our insecurities, our habits. Anything writing-related. Much thanks to this month’s co-hosts: Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery. If you want to learn more about the group or to sign up, click on the link.
So, you know the saying, “no man is an island.” Hugh Grant may think it’s rubbish, but let’s think about it. Think about The Avengers. Think about the Justice League. You think any of those teams could stand a chance against the big baddie if one member went solo? Think about Han Solo and Chewbacca. How would they get out of the jams they put themselves in if they didn’t work together?
The point is that people aren’t meant to go out alone. We need companions. We need a team. The same can be said of writers. Sure, when we write, it’s a solitary venture. But what about the times where we run into a snag? Or what about when we’re feeling low because our books aren’t selling? Or when we feel like giving up on our writing? This is when we need the support of other writers. And I found the best way to receive that support is to join writing communities.
Throughout my writing journey, I had many occasions where I wanted to give up. If not for the communities I joined, I wouldn’t be writing this blog, let alone my stories. So I want to share some of the groups I’ve joined. All of them I found through social media. Some groups have a website/blog as well, which I’ll post. All of them bring a certain flair that is beneficial to writers of all levels.
- 10-Minute Novelists (www.10minutenovelists.com). This is one of the first writing groups I joined on Facebook. Katharine Grubb founded this group to show writers that no project is impossible when writing in ten minute increments. Grubb proved it with a book on the subject. I like this group because the administrators encourage members to share their struggles. There are even specific days to share our struggles and triumphs.
- 365 Writing Club. This isn’t a club you can just jump right in. You have to register before the start of the new year. But the camaraderie you get from fellow writers is well worth it. You’re put into a team and set a daily word count goal. Then, you record your words on a spreadsheet. But it’s not just about recording words. The group encourages posts about triumphs, struggles, needs you need. It’s a year-long commitment, but one worth investing.
- StoryDam (www.storydam.com). I’ve talked about this community a number of times on this blog. When I joined Twitter, this is one of the first communities I discovered. Every day, its creators, Tui Snider and Patricia Lynne, tweet other writers to share their progress with the StoryNag hashtag. And Thursdays, the members host a chat where they cover a variety of topics.
- StoryCrafter. Faye Kirwin uses a psychological approach in her writing. This is evident in the chats she hosts on Sundays. The chats on the first Sunday are really special. Writers take a character and let them “take over” their account. I don’t always participate in those chats because I don’t always have a work in progress. It’s certainly insightful when I do.
- Write Fight GIF Club. This is probably the most eccentric group I follow, and I mean it in a good way. The members share their good news through GIFs, as the name suggests, though it’s not a requirement. And their threads can be super long. It can be confusing at times jumping in the middle of one. But it’s fun to see the conversations that transpire.
- Insecure Writers Support Group. Of course, I can’t talk about writing groups without mentioning this group. I have to say I had my hesitation joining the IWSG because I wasn’t sure how I could be a source of encouragement with my own insecurities. But that’s exactly what the group encourages. To share the insecurities and fears as well as the triumphs and progression. And I have to say that I’ve learned a lot from other members, too.