Writing and reading are often considered solitary endeavors, and sometimes they are necessarily so. However, sometimes it’s fun and helpful to have a network of other writers and/or readers with whom you can share ideas, get inspiration, critique work, fangirl, etc.
The most ideal situation is to have a network of local people with whom you can meet up on a regular basis. These may be close friends, book clubs, or people you’ve met through local events such as author signings and readings. Unfortunately, sometimes finding such people can be difficult. Maybe you were the only one in your group of friends who enjoyed reading and writing. Maybe you just moved to a new town. Maybe there aren’t any active book clubs reading genres you like. What do you do then?
This is where social media comes in handy. There are lots of social media sites to choose from: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Goodreads, and many more. Stick to ones that appeal to you. I personally use Facebook and Twitter the most frequently, and occasionally stop in on Goodreads and Tumblr as well.
On Facebook, you can meet other writers and readers in Facebook Groups. These groups can share discussions, photos and videos, documents, etc. You can search for Facebook Groups by simply using Facebook’s search bar, then selecting “Groups” on the top of the search page. My favorite groups for writers are the Insecure Writers Support Group, Indie Author Group, Fiction Writers, and Rockin’ the Side Gig (this group focuses on writers who have full-time jobs!).
Twitter Chats are another great way to connect with other writers and readers. The idea behind a Twitter Chat is that people who want to partake in the discussion use a designated hashtag, usually at a designated time. You can find Twitter Chats through sites like Twubs. Some of my favorite Twitter chats related to writing are #bbchat, #k8chat, #StoryDam, #LitChat, and #indiechat. Pro tip: using TweetDeck is really handy for keeping track of a Twitter Chat discussion. You can create a column for a hashtag by using the search feature.
As I mentioned early, there’s also Goodreads, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. Explore these social media sites to see what suits you!
As some of you know, today kicked off April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. So go connect with some fellow writers and support each other as you work toward your word count goals!