Saturday, January 28, 2012


Being part of a community is important with pretty much anything we do. I think it holds true for writers.

Writers need support from other writers, but being part of a writing community can also be educational and fun.


Who understands writers better than other writers? The answer is no one. I admit I have friends and family that do "get me" as a writer and offer wonderful support. But I can't turn to them when my plot is laying shambles and I just need to talk to someone who understands.

Being part of a community of writers gives you somewhere to turn when you suffer from writing woes. It also gives you a fan section for celebrating your success.


I have learned so much since I have joined my local writing group and the online writing community. Most of this has come from learning about how other people write. What their process is, what they struggle with. I do not necessarily adapt everything I learn - but it still helps me grow.

You can also learn about trends, programs, tools, conferences, contest, and yourself by being part of a writing community.


What writer does not like to discuss writing? Well there may be some - but I am not one of them. I love getting together and spending time with other writers. I often disagree with their methods or opinions - but the great thing is I have found that most writers are very open and understanding. So despite our difference we can come together on the one thing we have in common, we are writers.

I would also like to mention one more thing: courage. By become part of a community you have to put yourself out there - and sometimes you will get burned. But after being burned you will heal and be stronger for it. Being part of community can help build your personal strength and courage.

How has being part of a community help you as a writer?


  1. All of the above. I think you pretty much summed up everything that I've experienced since joining the writing community. :)

  2. Oh yes, all of the above. I've received so much encouragement and understanding from the writing community. It's fantastic.

  3. It's kept me going. If I had tried this on my own, I think I may have given up long ago! But being around other writers, their enthusiasm, and seeing their dedication revives my own.

  4. I have to admit, over the last year when I started following writers on Twitter, their blogs and other places on the internet, it's given me the drive to continue writing though I often feel like I get no where. It's nice to know that there are others out there that have struggled with writing in their own way and have made something wonderful out of their persistant hard work.

  5. I agree with Jessica. The best thing I could have ever done was start Tweeting, Facebooking, and Blogging in order to find other writers. It's easier to be online for me than go to writing groups in person because my schedule is soooo packed! But online writers are so diverse and everyone is so helpful.