I find it isolating to be a writer in my hometown, so I have been turning to the internet for support. I have joined a number of writing groups, which I have found to be very motivating. We writers need to support each other, and this is one excellent way to do so. Here are several groups I recommend:
1. Chapter book challenge
Although the challenge is over for 2013, you can sign up for next year’s challenge on the website. There is also a very supportive Facebook group, which operates year round. We don’t always talk about chapter books though. For example, Becky Fyfe, who heads up the chapter book challenge, has decided to branch out into putting together anthologies, and through the group and her website, you will be able to keep up with the opportunities. Joining this group helped me get my start in the book world! I have two stories in the chapter book challenge’s first anthology called “Teapot Tales”, which is available on Amazon. Soon to come out is the female superhero anthology, in which I have one tale. I am really looking forward to seeing my name in print again.
2. Wow Nonficpic
The nonfiction picture book challenge, run by Kristen Fulton, is another one I signed up for this year. You can sign up for next year’s challenge anytime through her website. You can also sign up for the Facebook group, run year round, here.
Through this informative group, I have been introduced to other helpful groups. For example, another Facebook group Kristen Fulton leads is the agent/editor discussion group, which is currently running “Bingo”. Bingo has been a fun challenge. We were asked to choose a bingo card with words like fiction and common core on it. Every time a word is called, we are challenged to do a related task. For example, when critique was called, our task was to critique someone else’s manuscript.
I find the tasks have been helpful. They are ones I might not normally do, and I have learned a lot. For instance, when admire was the word called, we were asked to write a letter to an author we admire. I have never thought of doing that, but it is something that I would like to do more often. I will repeat it: we writers need to support each other as much as possible. So I wrote a letter to Natalie Hyde, an author I have always admired. And she’s a Cambridge girl too! Even better, she wrote me back with a lot of valuable advice!
So far, no one has gotten bingo, but I am pretty close…
Also I heard about the Word by Word book club through this FB group, and I am really enjoying being a member. We are working through Ann Whitford Paul’s book called “Writing Picture Books”. We do a chapter a week. I had already read this book, but find it very beneficial to work through it again. This week’s challenge was to write a manuscript in a different point of view, and I loved it. It made my character come alive when I changed from writing in the third person to the first person. Why not try it?
3. Mama Scout Wellness challenge
This is not strictly a writing group, although this month’s challenge is to write every day. But I have found that the group has enhanced my creativity, as I have worked through the assigned tasks. Amy Bowers gives us our daily/monthly assignments. The group is very supportive and positive! Gain access to the group through Amy Power’s website.
So what are you doing these days?