I mentioned that I want to write and blog more this year—not simply for the sake of quantity (although that is important!), but with the goal of actually improving my craft. And I’ve found that writing communities really do help you stay motivated and consistent.
As a writer, being part of an online writing community is a great way to get practice, learn the art of critiquing, and start to build a platform. As a reader, writing communities are great ways to discover fresh talent and explore new genres. Here are ten writing communities you should know about:
Wattpad is especially geared toward YA, fantasy, and science fiction writers, though other genres are welcome. Wattpad provides many ways for authors to get noticed by other writers and readers by giving out awards, enabling readers to create lists, and publicizing popular entries.
FictionPress is another easy-to-use site. FictionPress is, obviously, for fiction of all types, but it does have a poetry category as well.
FanFiction is run by the same folks at FictionPress, but is the gathering of devoted fans who want to carry on the stories and characters they love. The site is organized by the book/movie/comic/etc. that fans are devoted to. It’s amazing to see what stories live on!
Rather than just offering a platform to publish work and get a few readers, WritersCafe also offers classes, advice about publishing, access to literary agents, and chances to win writing contests. This is a fantastic community if you are thinking about going the traditional publishing route.
Similar to Wattpad, Figment is especially for YA, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, etc. Figment also offers the chance to enter contests and join forums to learn more about writing.
Book Country wants to help fiction writers build their oeuvres and their careers. Book Country also offers a self-publishing service to help writers get their names out there.
Scribophile is a free writing community, but to ensure their writers are really getting the most out of the community, Scribophile requires that you earn points by leaving thoughtful critiques on others’ work before you can start uploading your own work for critique. I love this idea, because it weeds out the writers who aren’t there to really learn and improve. It creates a true community of writing relationships.
And if I were to add an 8th…
This site is the home of National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a story of 50,000 words in one month. It’s a seasonal writing community, although they do offer “Camp NaNoWriMo” a few times throughout the year to help you prep. This is my favorite writing community, and I cannot tell you how proud I was to actually reach 50,000 words a few years ago! They also have a thriving Young Writers Program, which I highly recommend for teen authors.