Writing is a lonely occupation. Your coworkers are just your pets and a couple of coffee shop goers who occupy the same shop you do. If you’re like me, you might not know anyone in the “real world” who is also a writer. So, I’ve tried to find a community online, hoping to see people with similar experiences to my own to bond over. I went ahead and broke it down by social media platform so that you could essentially find a writing community on whichever platform you are most comfortable with and go from there.
Writing Facebook Groups
Honestly, I struggled to find a Facebook group for writers that didn’t revolve around self-promotion. Therefore, I made my own. If you would like to join Readers and Writers, please click here. We would love to have you in our group that’s all about having fun with your fellow readers and writers!
Twitter’s Writing Community
The Writing Community is strong with Twitter. Honestly, this has been my favorite place to meet with other writers. One of the writers I met on Twitter I actually talk to every day now! I think this is the strongest community of writers out of all the social platforms so if you’re looking for a place to start, I would start here. You’ll find plenty of people willing to help you out and engage with you.
So, how do you start?
The writing community uses the hashtag #WritingCommunity but it also uses #WritingCommmunity with three m’s and, as someone pointed out once on Twitter, it’s because we are not the editing community.
I am going to take a moment to recognize some of the people on Twitter in the writing community that I think is incredibly helpful and I would recommend checking them out. This is by no means a full list because if I could list everyone, I probably would! But, check out these accounts:
@CamillaWriters is a wonderful soul. Following them really helped me find my footing in the writing community and they’re incredibly active in the community itself. If you don’t know where to start, I would recommend checking out their page first.
@SerahJAuthor is another person I just adore in the Twitter-verse. Not only do they shout out a lot of people and support the writing community continuously, but they also post incredibly funny text post. High-quality content if I do say so myself.
While I know there are others I could name, I don’t want this whole post to be about Twitter. So, everyone in the writing community, I would like to thank you for helping people find their community, even if you weren’t mentioned.
Reddit’s Writing Subreddits
While Reddit can be a good place, it can also be a hard place. I do not really recommend these subreddits for finding friends as much as I recommend it for getting really good, occasionally harsh feedback. I can say without a doubt that I’ve grown as a writer in these subreddits, but mostly through tough love. So, with that warning in place, these are the subreddits I am in:
I think this is the group you should join last, mostly because while you’ll get a lot of good feedback, you get that occasional person that’s leaning on the harsh side. So, be prepared for that.
I have yet to find the writing community of Instagram. I find a lot of the people through Twitter and follow them later on Instagram but I have yet to find a community through Instagram. If anyone has any tips though, leave it in the comments and I’ll be happy to amend this part!
I hope you all find a community that you love! Make some writing friends everybody!
Don’t forget that I have a Facebook group for readers and writers. I would love to have you in this group so you can have fun with your fellow readers and writers!