Calling All Writers: 3 Social Networks You’ve Got To Try

Social networks for writers Because of my career in animation, storyboarding, writing and directing, I’ve only recently discovered how lonely writing full time can be. I’ve always worked in a very social atmosphere, sequestering myself away for only a day or a week at a time when I really needed to get some serious writing done for a project.  As much as I love writing more steadily, I often feel really isolated.

Yet as social networks continue to multiply at an astounding rate, a number of writing-oriented social sites have popped up. Think of these sites as instant portals of camaraderie, commiseration and inspiration. If you’re a writer, consider joining one (or all) of these networks and expand your writing community.

3 Social Networks For Writers

Gather. Consider Gather your freelance HQ. Gather members, well, gather to discuss a variety of current issues, including entertainment, politics and technology. If you enjoy other opinions and commentary, you’ll soon be addicted to Gather’s fast-moving pace. It’s also an ideal place to network with other freelance writers—after all, when it comes to any endeavor, there’s strength in numbers!

Book-In-A-Week. Only other writers can understand the pure frustration and stress that comes when you’re working on a novel. If you’re battling a work in progress, head to Book-In-A-Week where you’ll decide your own goals and submit them to the designated community thread prior to the Monday of the first full week of the month. During the BIW (Book-In-A-Week), you’ll write as much as you can and post your daily totals to your group. If you need support and accountability, BIW is the perfect option. Of course, you don’t necessarily need to finish a book in a week, but if you do, well, I’ll consider you a writing rockstar! As you write, keep BIW’s motto in mind: BIC HOK TAM, which means butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly.

WritersCafe.org. Billed as “the online writing community,” Writers Cafe offers a social community in addition to a number of tools, including writing courses, a list of literary agents and an up-to-date list of writing contests. Once you’ve signed up, you can post your work, whether poetry, screenplays, novels or other types and get reviews and advice from other members. Take your online networking to the next level by participating in the site’s writing groups or discussing any number of topics in the online forum. This is a great, all-in-one resource for writers of any genre.

Of course, the key is to not spend too much time on these networks and neglect your writing. It’s always a balancing act, right?

If you’re a member of any of these networks, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share any other online writing resources, too.

Image by Markus Rödder via Creative Commons

  • Ashley Taylor

    Thank you so much. What a helpful article! Am off to request a membership to #1 right now!

    • Brenda Chapman

      Yay!

  • Steph

    I need to check those out, thank you.
    I participated in nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month, it’s in November) last year. (nanowrimo.org) I found it quite perfect as far as social/writing balance concerned, because I was on the forums discussing writing obstacles with other members, and yet, I also knew I had 50k words to write that month, which was great for focus and getting through it.
    I would love to participate in scriptfrenzy, which is the equivalent of nanowrimo, except it’s for writing a 120(?)+ page script, and it takes place in April.
    Besides the motivation of chugging along with other people all trying to get through the same tall order, the organization that hosts both of these also sends out weekly emails with pep talks by well known/published authors and screen writers.

    • Brenda Chapman

      Weekly pep talks sound great. Thanks for mentioning nanowrimo. It’s nice to know that there are so many resources out there for writers.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Thank you for this information. I’m going to check out these sites. They sound interesting. I’ve just started my own blog and want to keep writing as much as I can.

    • Brenda Chapman

      That’s exactly what I’m doing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been. I’ll have to check yours out. 🙂

  • These all sound amazing. I need encouragement and accountability in my writing otherwise I get caught up in other things. Going to check out WritersCafe and BIW. Sounds so fun.

    • brendachapman

      Hope you do have fun! 🙂

  • Heidi

    These all sound interesting, but I can’t seem to link with We Like to Write – I end up at a page that’s in Chinese (?) or Japanese or something -ese. Can’t seem to find it on Google either. Is it just me?

    • BrendaChapmanTeam

      Hi Heidi –

      Thanks for the heads-up! It looks like something has happened to We Like To Write since we published the post. We’ve gone ahead and removed that paragraph – our apologies for the inconvenience. We hope you have fun exploring the other networks — thanks again for stopping by!

  • James Kole

    Thanks! I’ve been with writerscafe for quite a long time. Recently move to http://www.webzeest.com and I am addicted. You might like that too.

  • Burt

    Thanks!! Each of these are amazing.. I have been a member of another similar network called http://www.writeupcafe.com for last 4 years.. would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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    • Neo

      I saw this website, very intresting..

  • Sharon

    Hello and thank you… the best writing/creative community is Apollo Blessed… I’ve been a member for 4 years and am now a mentor/mediator http://apolloblessed.ning.com/

  • Sara

    It’s always nice to know about good sites for writers. The social network I use is http://www.pondrin.com. It’s an online writing community kinda like writerscafe but in addition to writing, you can also upload artwork too.

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