Sometimes what a writer needs isn’t just a cup of coffee, a working computer, and an imagination. Sometimes a writer needs other people to give them a nice shove to get them past the procrastination, doubt, and hesitation. Here in these online writing communities, you can find that and so much more.
Scribophile is an online writing community where everyone from total beginners to experienced authors can meet to improve each other’s work and share their experiences. Members will receive criticism and comments on their work, and they will give the same to their fellow writers, making this community good practice on both giving and receiving constructive criticism. Get ready to update your resume after joining this group. Scribophile also has loads of free resources to help writers get started and learn more about the craft. Their writing blog has tons of entries about tips and tricks for writing. There are articles about everything from writing with ADHD to writer’s conventions to social media.
In addition to all that, Scribophile also offers some free writing contests, where you can simultaneously put your writing out there for others to read and maybe win some money! Along those lines, the writing community can help you actually get published, and many members have gotten their books published in the past. Scribophile has so much content about writing and loads of advice and connections to explore, so go check it out!
NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization which helps people to improve their writing, find their voice, and work towards their ambitions by providing the tools, community, and push to do so. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which began in 1999 and issued a challenge to all writers—to write a 50,000 word novel in November. Just November.
Their website lists that they’ve got over 798,000 active writers and 367,913 novels completed, and there’s no doubt that this organization has got what you need to really get out there and write. NaNoWriMo has also got a blog, where you find helpful advice, useful tools, and loads of content by writers for writers.
One very cool section of their website is the NaNoWriMo Pep Talks, where you can read inspirational letters written by well-known authors to get you through that writer’s block or lack of motivation. There are tons of letters here, so if you need some inspiration from someone who knows what they’re talking about and has been there before, you should look here.
This writing community’s goal is to offer assistance, advice, and guidance to writers to help them overcome their insecurities and doubt. The website has writing tips about so many topics that you’ll never finish learning everything. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has also got a series of contests for writers to put their work out there and get some helpful feedback.
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s biggest feature is probably their marketing connections and publishing advice. While these resources are aimed at writers further along in the process, it’s available and can be helpful for writers of all levels. The website includes resources about publishers and agents, or, if that doesn’t float your boat, they also have a compilation of information about self-publishing. Another helpful feature of this writing community are the conferences and workshops, an extensive and wide-reading list of places writers can go to meet other writers. So go check this community out and look out some of their many resources!
4. She Writes
Women writers, this one is for you. She Writes is the largest online writing community and content site just for women. Writers of all skill levels and all genres are welcomed to this community. She Writes supports and educates their writers, as well as offering them encouragement and inspiration. She Writes has over 35,000 articles on website on a variety of topics, where you can learn about writing, individual authors, and get advice on how to write about certain topics sensitively and thoroughly.
She Writes also has many groups within the larger community where you can find other people in your niche or area of interest. Some of the most popular groups include writers who are bloggers, writers who are mothers, writers who are funny, and so many more relating to genre and topic.
She Writes also has their own independent publishing company, She Writes Press, which helps authors with marketing and editing their book. They’ve got all sorts of advice and information for writers of all skill levels in all stages of their career, so if you’re an aspiring female writer who wants a little support and guidance, She Writes is for you.
Writing.com is a writing community full of useful tools, resources, community support, and motivation for writers of all skill levels. Members of the group will get access to the community newsfeed, contests, activities, rewards, and recognitions. If you’re looking for a place to share your work and get feedback, or to read others’ work and offer your own feedback, this is the place for you.
Writing.com also offers members their own portfolio on the website. Members can list up to ten items on their portfolio for free, and they can set their portfolio to public (if they want) for other members to offer their comments and constructive criticism. Within Writing.com, you can find groups for a variety of different types of writing, including poetry, short stories, prose, essays, fiction, non-fiction, and more. You can also find all sorts of genres, pretty much anything you could ever think of. In addition to that, they have some introductory classes to different genres for beginning writers who want to get a feel for the genre. And as if all that wasn’t enough, Writing.com also offers lots of resources about publishing, copyright, literary agents, marketing, and editing. Go check this out!
Writing can be a lonely and thankless endeavor, with days spent staring at blank screens with blank minds. But, thankfully, these groups of writers have come together not only to commiserate with the trials and tribulations of this craft, but also to celebrate and enjoy the rewarding nature of it. And if you’re struggling from lack of motivation, lack of inspiration, lack of encouragement, take a look at these writing communities. You can find someone going who is going, or has gone, through the same obstacles, and you can learn new ways and ideas that work for you. Or, if you’re looking for a community that will read your hard work and offer helpful and constructive feedback, one of these might be for you. So give them a shot!