Reaching out to other writers and connecting with the rest of the world
So it can be a lonely business if you’re a writer at times. That may be the reason your frustrated because you cannot find someone to share your thoughts with who will understand what you’re talking about. I get it it, which is why I’m offering my advice for how I get out of the writer’s disconnect.
If you’re not studying at university than it can be very tough because you’re most useful resource will be the internet but many writers still like to be traditional and stave off the internet as much as possible-avoiding the internet is a bad idea whether you have no computer skills or whether you just feel it’s taking you away from your writing.
Set up some time to explore your options online and discover the vast network of other writers local and international.
The best way to connect with writers is in person. But how do you do that if you know no one?
Here are a few ways I recommend finding other like minded writers to work with and help each other. This is a rule that can work for international writers but for me in Sydney this is what I find works most.
Firstly, you are a writer. Admitting that will make it easier on you otherwise you might as well stop the search right now.
Writers meeting other writers-building a sharing network-critiquing each other’s work, sharing useful knowledge.
Connecting in person-
Volunteer at your local Writer’s Festival-Most cities have them and often they’ll be events throughout the year and not just around the festival time-This is one of your best chances to meet established writers and be present in their audience presentations. I cannot recommend this one enough!
Also, the people that volunteer at writer’s festivals are 8/10 times aspiring authors themselves whether they’re studying the art at Uni or massive book worms-they love connecting with other writers and talking about their work and aspirations-you can make lasting connections with these people.
Join your local Writer’s Center-Every City and County should have one often requiring a membership fee for the year but what you get in return is so much more if you attend the events they have going on.
Do a short writing course-
Not only is this a good way to brush up on your writing skills (you can claim it back on tax) It’s a way to see who’d working on what in your local area and more often than not you’ll meet someone who’s at the same stage you are. I’ve done a few of these writing courses and they pay off when you meet other people and critique work and talk story ideas.
Join a book club-This may not get you among other writers but it will get you out there with book worms and after a while I’m sure they’d be happy to read your work and give you some good insight into whether it’s ready or not.
This method saves a lot of time and energy. There are tonnes of places to go if you simply want to meet other writers either through the web or online.
http://www.meetup.com-is a great website to find local writers in your area.
http://www.nanowrimo.org -One of the best resources if you want to write that novel and need that motivation. NaNoWriting Month starts in November but there’s heaps of assistance throughout the year and events online.
I know I’ve missed out a few networking choices, so comment and I can add them on throughout.