Writing is so often regarded as a solitary act that we miss out on the benefit of belonging to a writing community. When we publish, our writing joins a much larger conversation of fiction; to really be successful in that, engaging with the writing community is a must.
I love being in writing groups that meet on a set schedule—I even used to host one. However, writers’ social media groups offer a huge toolset for writers without the restrictions of meeting times or locations that may not be convenient to when you require a sounding board.
The five Facebook writing groups I frequent (either contributing to a discussion or as a lurker) are:
This group encourages authors to share excerpts for writing critiques, and the group possesses over 40k members. They readily respond to posts requesting advice about topics ranging from word usage to publication to visual layouts for book covers.
The author’s group was the first of the BooksGoSocial groups that I joined. While this specific page (home to over 16k members) offers a place for advice and camaraderie, BooksGoSocial has additional pages for gaining reviews, interacting with and self-promoting to readers, as well as paid promotion services.
At just over 800 members, CHWG’s Facebook group is a small—but growing—writing group, and they also have groups expanding into Meetup for critique groups and screenwriting groups. Between six face-to-face group opportunities plus the Facebook group, they serve over 4k members. Plus, they offer a Podcast, have published an anthology, and have even offered a writing contest scholarship to a local high school!
The founder of the is very active in the Facebook page (as are the rest of the members, for that matter), and if you are in the Long Beach, CA area, you can meet up with the fabulous members in person. Sadly, I am not in the area, and must therefore content myself with contributing to their online discussions.
Writers Unite! is a group dedicated to aspiring writers. The founder, another aspiring writer, created the group to offer support and motivation as we struggle along toward publication. With 32k members, you are sure to find plenty of support here! Although they did not create the group for promotion purposes, the admins graciously created a dedicated post where authors can share links to their work.
This group offers a number of special threads for promoting your published works, social media, and poetry to their 19k members. They also encourage sharing work for critiques and reviews and offer options to post pieces with fewer than 500 words or to upload longer works to their files.
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