Writers’ Forums: helpful or a waste of time?

February 2, 2009 in Novel, On Writing by pacejmiller

I’ve never been a big fan of online chit chat with people I don’t know.  As a result, I’ve generally tried to avoid online forums of any kind.

But as a writer working on my first draft, I sometimes get overwhelmed by insecurities.  Is my writing technique up to scratch?  Does my plot make sense?  Are my characters too cliched?  Do I even know what I’m doing?

I was alerted to the Absolute Writer Water Cooler a couple of weeks ago, and I must say it is a fantastic community for aspiring writers to at least check out occasionally, if not join.  The front page might seem a little overwhelming at first because of the plethora of different categories, but once you spend a bit of time there you’ll see it’s not so intimidating (it’s even got a sub-page on Blogging – there’s even a debate about whether WordPress or Blogger is better!)

It’s not just a place to ask and get answers to your stupid questions (though you can certaintly  do that) – I found that there are many useful posts for aspiring writers and novel enthusiats of all genres – whether its helpful tips or friendly advice.  You can even ask visting literary agents and editors your questions about publishing.

I try not to spend too much time there though – once you get into it you might find yourself stuck for hours.  But it’s good to see that there are so many other writers out there trying to fulfil their dreams.  It’s not a bad place to go once in a while to get a little bit of inspiration or confirmation.

Are there any other good forums for writers out there?