How is everyone doing? Sorry, I’ve been off the WordPress grind for a while, but I’ve been working on my submissions.
Basically, this has been me:
Oh! I also won a writing contest on Writing.com, and I got an honorable mention in another contest :3 I’m super happy about it, and I didn’t expect to win. Everyone there has been supportive and it actual inspired today’s blog post.
Today, I want to discuss how to measure a writing community.
When I say measure a writing community, I mean how to measure if it’s good, or if it’s bad. Now since I’ve found a good community, these are things I will look for in the future:
- Does the community inspire you to be better? – To emphasize my point here, I’m going to take an example from my own experiences. On Wattpad, I was never inspired to be better or to improve my writing. This was because so many poorly written stories were popular. Not only were the poorly written stories popular, the website was also giving them awards based on their reads and votes. Sadly, that didn’t inspire me to improve. It inspired me to write a cliché story and not worry about grammar and spelling. Needless to say, that didn’t work for me. On Writing.com, thanks to the reviews I get, I am inspired to improve my craft and master the written word.
- Are you able to find others that support you? – To be fair, I feel like you can find supportive people in any community, but those friendships shouldn’t turn into a competition. In the writing community, it’s easy to turn against one another or get discouraged by another’s success, especially someone who’s a friend. Thanks to my past experiences, I know what to look for in a writing buddy. All I can say is be cautious and watch people’s motivations. Have fun in your writing community, and try to find others who genuinely appreciate you.
- Are you progressing? – If you follow my blog, then you know progression is an important goal to me. In your writing Community, you want to measure your improvement. You can ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you gaining more followers and readers?
- Are you uploading new content faster? (motivated for your readers)
- Are you winning any writing contest?
- Are you inspired to be involved in the community?
- Are you making genuine writer friends?
If you answer no to any of those questions, then ask why? You may find the community you are using isn’t right for you. If it isn’t, remember, that’s ok! There is nothing wrong with feeling like a certain website isn’t the place for you.
I can say from my own experiences that leaving behind some writing websites worked out best for me. When I originally started writing fanfiction on Wattpad, that community worked for me. However, now since I’m older and working on original stories, Writing.com has proven to be a better environment. On Writing.com, I won 1st place in one writing contest and got an honorable mention in another. So, you see, leaving behind one community for another isn’t a bad thing ^__^
I hope this post will help new writers and experienced writers find a community that works for them. There are many websites out there, so don’t limit yourself to a place where you are not happy.
What writing community do you use, and are you progressing there?