:p I'm going to anyway.
Writing is often a very solitary pastime. We often imagine as individuals, plot as individuals and write as individuals. Sure, sure--sometimes we brainstorm together or read snippets of our wip to a writer's group or somesuch. But this creative endeavor can make you feel like no one else understands you and your suffering... ;-)
...but other writers do. When you're feeling a bit misunderstood by the non-writers around you, a chat is a great way to get back in touch with folks who DO understand (or come close).
Good chats can:
- push you to actually send that manuscript out
- cheerlead for you
- give some tips
- help you connect
- act as a reward for a week of good steady progress
As part of Twitter, I have stumbled on to a handful of hashtag chats. Here's how you can get involved. And here are a few I suggest:
- #writechat WriteChat: Most often hosted by Julie Isaac (@WritingSpirit) . Starts with a topic or question at 3pm EST Sunday and goes until 6pm EST. Last week there were 188 participants, so it can move REALLY fast.
- #FNWC Friday Night Writer's Challenge: Also of good quality, this one's hosted by aspiring authors and is smaller and easier to follow than #writechat (especially if you're a slower typist).
- #litchat For book-lovers, #litchat takes place from 4-5pm EST every MWF on Twitter.
- #journchat For journalists, bloggers and PR folks Mondays 10pm-1am EST on Twitter.
- #editorchat For editors (and the curious) on Wednesdays...Can't find the time...
Facebook is also full of great discussion boards, but you're less likely to get real-time attention there due to format. Here are three FB discussion board groups I'd recommend: Help Support Independent Publishers, Second Wind Publishing LLC and Red River Writers- Works of Writers & Artists Worldwide. Send me a friend request in Facebook and I'll help you find them if you like.
So, get involved with other writers, and, if you're a Textnovelist you probably already know about our forum--filling with writing advice and connections to interesting folks!
*Remember to stop back in Thursday morning (EST) to meet author Eva Gordon and kick-off our Dog Days of Summer BlogTour. Will there be prizes? Yes. :-) Find the schedule here.