I’ve come across a lot of writers who are so busy writing that perfect novel that when they’re done the world has become a blur. When you ask them if they have started to build their online presence the look you get back is one of dismay. Sitting in a room typing away has become a safe haven for a lot of writers. The problem with only focusing on your own writing is that you don’t know what else is happening around you. In this new age of technology and self publishing writers need to be aware. Writers need to network. Writers need to become a part of a community.
The first step any writer who isn’t online should take is finding a critique group. I’ve discussed this in a post Critique Groups. Briefly, writers need to have another pair of eyes on their manuscript. It’s tough to share your work with strangers but it’s a first step in acquiring thick skin. It’s better to take a chance on a critique group than to get over a hundred rejection letters because your manuscript wasn’t ready or polished.
Consider creating a blog, website or join an online writing group. Connecting with other writers is a quick and easy way to get in touch with what’s been happening while you’ve been tucked away writing. Other writers can help you find publishers, agents, and share what they know about writing. It’s also a great way to make some new writing buddies and discuss your current writing project.
If your family and friends aren’t in the loop about what you’ve been up to, now is the time to fill them in. Share your writing experience with them. Share your manuscript with them. Prepare yourself for whatever feedback there might be positive or negative. Whatever opinion they provide it will most likely be given with honesty and love. Who knows, they may love it and really start supporting your efforts to getting it published.
Now is the time to take the first step to becoming a writing community. Get outside of yourself and your project. If you are shy, networking online is easy because you don’t have to look at or speak to anyone directly. You know how to type so get to it. Get online and make some new friends.
- The road to publication (theleakingquill.wordpress.com)
- Aspiring Authors Get Help Online (nytimes.com)
- What are you writing for? (darcknyt.wordpress.com)
- Critique Groups Can Help Writers (donweston.wordpress.com)
- Submit Your Work to a Critique Group, Publisher, Agent, or Contest During May (PubSub3rdFri) (joanyedwards.wordpress.com)
- The Writing Circle (Writers writing about…writing?) (peterusagi.com)