In my last blog post, I talked about how important I think writing buddies are. I promised that I would talk today about finding said buddies. I think I got lucky. It’s been relatively easy for me. But I’m going to give you some things that I hope help.
First, and I’m certain you’re not surprised to see me endorse this, but NaNoWriMo. If you’re a novelist especially, starting with your local NaNoWriMo group can be helpful. NaNo has forums on its website, and forums are divided into regions. Sometimes those regions have Facebook groups as well. That’s where I started – by joining my regional NaNo forum.
Another step is to join Facebook groups, or maybe find groups on Twitter (I’m less adept at Twitter, so I can’t really speak for that experience). There are tons of Facebook groups for writers. I recommend looking for groups local to you, particularly if you think you’ll be interested in meeting with local writers at some point (highly recommended).
You can also check professional writing organizations. For example, the Romance Writers of America has local chapters. A simple Google search shows me that there are many professional writing organizations, and I’m certain that most of them, if they are national, have local chapters. And if they don’t have a chapter near you, they may have a listserv that is national where you can reach out, or a critique partner matchup on their website that could help you.
There are also many writing websites. Critique Circle is my favorite, but there are dozens, if not hundreds, that are similar.
Several authors I follow post critique partner matchups on their blogs, so check out your favorite authors. They just might have one!
So far, I have found writing buddies from my national RWA site, Facebook, and NaNoWriMo. I’m sure there are hundreds of other ways to find writing buddies that I don’t know about or haven’t thought about here. If you know of another tip for writers seeking buddies, post it here!