One of the best pieces of advice I can give any writer, new or old, is to find a community. I don’t mean buying a house. I mean a writing community. Just like any group of people with similar interests, there is so much help, support, great information, laughs, love, silliness, and I can go on and on.
Several months ago I joined the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook group, and it was, hands down, the best decision I made as a writer. There are writers of various forms and at various stages along the writing path. Just a wealth of information, help, and support.
From this group, a little off-shoot was created. The Writing Wenches. Where do I even start? The
people friends in this group are irreplaceable. In the few months of the group’s existence, we have supported each other through the ups and downs like new babies, broken legs, dinosaur porn (yes it’s a thing, Google it), finding agents, bad reviews, good reviews, creating a website, building an internet presence, writing holiday anthologies, and we’re just getting started. We would gladly fly across the world for each other, carrying our baseball bats if necessary– I mean with smiles on our faces.
Finding a group like the two I have been lucky enough to be a part of, is monumental to growing as a writer. I believe the things you gain out of a writing community will put you on the path to a successful writing career. So, get out there, tweet, search facebook groups, or look for local writing groups in your area. Trust me, it’s a great community to be involved in.
(Check out my Home page. It has links to the two groups where I’m a member.)
Happy writing- Jen