as you know the writing, editing, publishing, and marketing process can be lonely without community and guidance. So far, I haven't made any strong writing friendships in my area or online where I can share and critique work. How did you guys build community?When the online world came into being, I was dismissive that any kind of real friendship or community could arise with people one's never seen in real life.
Boy was I wrong.
I've been privileged to be part of two writing communities in the last fifteen years, both of them created by blog posts and readers.
So how do you build community if you're not the person posting to the blog?
I think the first thing to do to find community is show up.
The people who are here everyday, even if they aren't commenting, they're the invisible readership.
The people who asks questions drive the content.
(And the people who send me photos of their pets for the upcoming hiatus!)
The people who contribute comments build the community.
So come here, read the posts, and comment.
And the people who give the blog shout outs on other platforms (Twitter, Facebook, the Ne'er Do Well Saloon and Revision Palace newsletter) are the outreach.
So, come here, read the posts, link to one on Twitter.
You can find friends here.
It takes some time.
But this is a welcoming collection of fabulous writers and story tellers.
And a nemesis!
But don't let the inside jokes push you away.
You'll cotton on to those pretty quickly, and a question in the comment column (Who is this Steve Forti and how did he earn nemesis status?) will get some pretty good, if somewhat truthful answers.
Enter the flash fiction contests!
It's hard to put a foot wrong in 100 words.
And readers, what other ways have you found to build your community?