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Chapter 8: Being a Novelist: Writerly Life Resources

Building Your Writerly Community

Melissa Ford Lucken

While you are writing your novel, begin building your writerly community. Each writer’s vision of community is different. Do what feels natural and fun. Don’t take on more than is fun and inspiring. Over committing will take the joy out of the process. Connecting with other writers is a valuable and enriching experience that can provide support, inspiration, and opportunities for growth.

Here are some ways to connect with fellow writers:

Attend writing conferences and workshops: Participate in local or virtual writing conferences, workshops, and literary events. These gatherings often bring together writers from various backgrounds and provide opportunities to network, learn from industry professionals, and engage in discussions about writing craft and publishing.

Join writing groups or critique circles: Seek out writing groups or critique circles in your area or online. These communities allow you to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for writing. You can share your work, provide feedback on others’ writing, and receive constructive criticism in return. Websites and social media platforms dedicated to writers, such as Scribophile, Critique Circle, or Goodreads, are great places to find writing communities.

Engage in online writing communities: Join online forums, writing communities, or social media groups dedicated to writers. Websites like Reddit’s r/writing, Absolute Write Water Cooler, or NaNoWriMo forums offer platforms for writers to connect, share experiences, ask questions, and receive advice. Participate in discussions, share your work, and learn from the experiences of other writers.

Attend local writing meetups or book clubs: Look for local writing meetups or book clubs in your area. These gatherings often provide opportunities to meet and interact with writers in your community. You can discuss books, share your writing, or engage in writing-related activities together.

Take writing classes or workshops: Enroll in writing classes or workshops offered by community centers, colleges, or online platforms. These courses not only provide opportunities to develop your writing skills but also enable you to connect with fellow writers who are pursuing similar goals.

Join professional writing organizations: Consider becoming a member of professional writing organizations or associations related to your genre or area of interest. These organizations often host events, conferences, and networking opportunities exclusively for their members. Examples include the Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, or Mystery Writers of America.

Engage in social media platforms: Utilize social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to connect with writers, follow writing-related hashtags, and engage in conversations. Follow authors, writing organizations, literary agents, and publishing professionals to stay updated on industry news and opportunities.

Start a writing blog or website: Create a writing blog or website where you can share your writing journey, insights, and tips. Engage with readers and other writers through comments and discussions. This can attract like-minded individuals and create opportunities for connections and collaborations.

By actively participating in writing communities and reaching out to others, you can expand your network, gain valuable insights, and find a supportive community to accompany you on your writing journey.


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