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Article by Wendy McCance
For several years I avoided Facebook groups. I had enough on my plate between juggling several social media accounts, writing blog articles and working on day-to-day assignments for my clients. By the end of a day the last thing I wanted to do was to continue looking at the computer or hang out on Facebook after posting to it all day.
I now see that for many years I missed out by not getting involved in at least one Facebook group.
So what changed my mind?
I had been cutting back on social media as I focused more attention on writing my book. I no longer felt socially burnt out. I was also desperately looking for people in the writing industry who had already gone down the path I was attempting in hopes of getting some advice from them. I found some incredible Facebook groups where the writers were very welcoming, ready to share their advice and open up to their own personal struggles.
How did I find these groups?
I found some writing groups through websites where incredible information was being shared and the person who had created the website had also set up a Facebook group for their readers. I also found some groups through a website listing top Facebook writing groups.
How was I able to benefit from the group?
Not only did it feel good to hear about others in the same position I was in (it made what I struggled with feel more normal and kept me from feeling as though I should give up), but I was able to ask whatever was on my mind. I got answers to everything from the best tools to use when writing a book to how writers tackle their rough drafts. I also got a lot of information that was helpful about topics that weren’t even on my radar but things I realized I should learn about.
Along the way, I have shared the links to these sites with a few writing friends who had hit the same wall as me. They were working on their projects, but were also feeling insecure about their current state and were looking for guidance to continue moving forward. The people I’ve shared these sites with have been very pleased with the help they received and now feel they have a way to move forward with more confidence and a lot of support.
Now I would like to share these sites with you! I hope you get as much out of these Facebook groups as I have. These sites have been tremendously supportive for me. It has really helped me to know that if I hit a snag there is a whole slew of people who have already been there and done that ready to help their fellow writer out.
A couple final notes: every group isn’t perfect for every person. To fit your personal needs, you should decide what your goals are and what you would like to get out of the group before signing up. Also, the list below is expanded to include several types of writing groups, not just those looking to write a book (although that is the focus under General Writing Groups).
General Writing Groups
About: Welcome to Creative Revolution Writing! I’m Leigh Shulman. A writing teacher and author with 20 years experience. In addition to this group, I also run international writing retreats to write your book AND an exclusive writing community called The Workshop. Creative Revolution Writing is a space to talk about writing. Whether you’re sharing your latest win, keeping accountable to your writing goals or just want to check in and listen to the latest writing talk, this is the place for you. I’ll post prompts, questions and inspiration to keep you motivated. I’m here to help you start, write and keep going until you reach your writing goals. So take a moment, say hi, share your goals, your achievements, your fears (we all have them). And watch this space for some exciting news coming SOON!
About: Giving writers a place to connect, so we can all help each other earn! http://thewritelife.com Feel free to ask questions, share wins and ideas, and help your fellow writers however you can. And introduce yourself when you join! Let us know who you are, where you’re based, and what kind of writing you do. Please no self-promo that isn’t helpful to members of this group.
About: Women Writers Group. Group for women writers.
About: 10 Minute Novelists are an international group of time-crunched writers with big, big dreams and very little time. Named by Writer’s Digest as one of the Top 100 Sites for Writers in 2016!
Writers Helping Writers is an international, very active, friendly, peer to peer advice/support group. We have many talented beginners, we also have some very, very notable professionals.
(Michigan Residents who participated in NaNoWriMo)
This is a place for metro Detroit NaNoWriMo writers to get together! Feel free to share, post, and connect!! Please note: This group is NOT associated with the national nonprofit organization NaNoWriMo. We are a group who has participated in it and are trying to stay further connected because the experience was so great!
Calls for Submission Groups
A lot of groups have postings regarding submission calls. This group was created to put calls in one location.
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