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Write your friends into existence!

Updated: Feb 29

Crafting Connections: Building a Writing Community Imagine if you will, a group of women from around the country sitting around a table, engaged in conversation and writing. They are surrounded by colorful notebooks, pens, and craft supplies. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with smiles and laughter exchanged among the participants. Some are laughing and others are deep in thought, one is finding her lipstick. The image captures the essence of a supportive writing community, where ideas are shared, connections are made, and creativity flourishes. Writing can often feel like a solitary pursuit, but it doesn't have to be. Building a writing community can be incredibly beneficial for writers of all levels, providing support, inspiration, and opportunities for growth. I will share here the magic that is my ultimate writing community. 1. Seek out like-minded individuals: One of the first steps in building a writing community is finding others who share your passion for writing. Look for local writing groups, attend writing workshops or conferences, or join online writing communities. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals will not only provide you with a support system but also expose you to different perspectives and writing styles. Best yet, go to a writing workshop hosted by a writer you love and you will immediately find friends. 2. Engage in conversation and collaboration: Once you've found your writing community, don't be afraid to engage in conversation and collaboration. Share your ideas, ask for feedback, and offer support to others. Writing is a journey, and having a community to share that journey with can make all the difference. Collaborating with other writers can also lead to new opportunities and creative breakthroughs. We all get stuck and when you find a group of lovelies that will pray over you, talk you off your ledge and remind you of your genius, you have found your people. 3. Attend writing events and workshops: Writing events and workshops are a great way to meet other writers and learn from experienced professionals. Look for local writing conferences, book signings, or author readings in your area. These events not only provide opportunities to network but also offer valuable insights and knowledge that can enhance your writing skills. Go armed with a date and time for your next gathering and challenge yourself to invite one person. 4. Create a safe and supportive environment: A strong writing community is built on trust and support. Create a safe space where writers feel comfortable sharing their work and ideas. Encourage constructive feedback and celebrate each other's successes. By fostering a supportive environment, you'll create a community where writers can thrive and grow. And just like in your most trusted relationships, ask before you offer feedback, sometimes the listening is the gift. 5. Utilize online platforms: In today's digital age, online platforms offer endless opportunities for writers to connect and share their work. Join writing groups on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram, participate in online writing challenges or contests, or start a blog to showcase your writing. Online communities can be just as valuable as in-person ones, providing a global network of writers to connect with. Find a great bookstagram crew and do everything they say! @mommaleighellensbooknook is mine! Building a writing community takes time and effort, but the rewards are immeasurable. Surrounding yourself with fellow writers who understand your struggles and share your passion can provide the support and encouragement needed to keep going. So, whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out, take the leap and start crafting connections within the writing community. Your writing journey awaits.

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