by Nailah King
Writing is normally a solitary activity, but as many writers know from workshopping their works, it doesn’t have to be. A writer's work can greatly benefit from input from others. It’s also great to have writers to lean on during challenging times, whether during periods of writers block or experiencing rejection of pieces. Here are some ways to connect and build your writing community online:
Facebook is a great way to join or create writing communities. You can easily create your own writing and reading clubs by creating groups, or join them. There are also great fan pages with interesting and helpful content to keep writers motivated and inspired.
There are a lot of writers on Twitter, which makes it a great place to connect. With only 140 characters at your disposal, it’s a good opportunity to regularly show off your writing chops. There are opportunities for discussions revolving writing whether they be Q&A’s with authors or topics you can follow and weigh in on via relevant hashtags e.g. #crimewriting or #writersblock. Search topics and join the conversation.
Though known primarily for visual content, Tumblr is a unique space for writers. If you’re looking for writing prompts, resources, writing advice or quotes to become inspired, then Tumblr is the place to be. Tumblr is also particularly good for zine culture, and many independent publishers (and larger ones) are on Tumblr. Similarly to Twitter you can search topics via tags and join conversations. Many writers also post their works to receive feedback, which is a great alternative to an in-person writing group.
Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) occurs every November and offers amazing resources all year round, including pep talks, discussion forums, access to local events (there are many Canadian chapters), and the opportunity to meet other writers in person.
What are your favourite ways to connect with writers? Sound off in the comments!