It’s easy to lose the momentum of a new idea; the novelty wears off, or you hit a stumbling block with the plot, and day after day the magic begins to fade away. Why does this momentum die? It may be because you’re doing it alone. Having a community behind you sounds bizarre for a profession that seems largely singular – a lone figure pouring over their laptop or notebook – but having a support network can be very helpful to writers. When you work with other people like you, people who love to write, it adds fuel to your motivation as well as inspiration, which helps you grow as a writer.
We all (hopefully) have people around us who are our own personal cheerleaders, who tell us we’re doing great and will be published some day. My mother thinks that everything I write is gold dust (spoiler: it isn’t). But our parents, siblings and best mates might not be writers, and so they don’t know the specifics of a writer’s dilemma. They don’t get the horrible slump of writer’s block. They might look at you with utter horror when you casually announce that you’re thinking of killing off one of your darlings. And if they saw your search history…well, they’d probably have to call the authorities.
The reason why having writer friends is so vital to your story has been said many times, so we will just jump into how Write All Year can help foster a friendly network of effective support. These are methods that work for us, but if you can think of anything else, please share in the comments below!
- you can ask questions and debate/discuss the answers
- varied topics are discussed and the topics grow by the day
- if you can’t find what you were looking for, simply add the topic!
- you’re sure to get an answer from other users or from site admin
- Accountability Groups
- a private group consisting of 4-5 people
- your own little writing family
- share your struggles or success with a small unit of people and be accountable to one another
- a great place to start if you’re looking for critique partners or beta readers!
- Writing Sprints
- hosted regularly by WAY admin
- fun and friendly, they’re an interactive way to work on your story
- if you’re stuck, the host usually provides prompts
- brings out a little competition in everyone!
- motivational and if you know one is about to begin you can set time aside in your day to join the sprint
- you can always see if there is one ongoing by looking at the Twitter live widget located on the right side of the WAY page
The WAY site itself is totally geared up for you to share your progress, earn cool achievements for it and most importantly, to be held accountable. If you set a goal and everyone knows about it, you’re more likely to stick to it. Besides that, we’re all in the same boat, so we can all cheer each other on!
Whatever you choose, there are certainly many opportunities for you to find people that can help you on your way to become a published author, or even just finishing that Harry Potter fanfic you’ve been working on for the last five years. We’re stronger together.
Ayah and Hannah are interns with Patchwork Press and Write All Year admin staff.