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writing forums

So, now that I’m getting to a point where I’m considering publishing options, I’ve realized I won’t feel comfortable with anything I do until I start talking to other writers again.  I don’t want to go back to the group I once knew.  Not because of hard feelings or because I acted like a jerk (not knowingly anyway).  It’s just I’ve said before to this same group that I was ready to get back into writing and I’d rather actually have something to hold up and say, yes, I really am serious this time.

So, yeah, I’m embarrassed by my past behavior.

Plus, there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to participate on a regular basis.  I’m going to need a group where I can come and go as I please, where no one will ask where I am if I decide to hibernate for months at a time.  In short, I want the benefits of friendship without actual friendship.

I know.  Pathetic.

Well, either way, I think it would be good for my character (in the moral sense) to actually try getting outside myself a bit.  All the crises our family has gone through over the past few years have kind of made me narrow and closed-off.  Time to end that and make this stunted soul stretch even just a little.

In a quick search on the Net, I’ve found some possibilities.

Hatrack – I used to be a member there around the turn of the century.  It’s a good place and a lot of fun.  I liked my time there.  And I didn’t keep bouncing in and out.  I just kind of faded.

Forward Motion – I’ve never been a member but it was founded by Holly Lisle who gives, imo, good advice regarding writing.  It’s geared toward legacy publishing, so I may have to find another forum for my self-published stuff.  I looked through the public section and I like what I see so far.

Liberty Hall – I loved this forum very much.  I found out about it through Hatrack and there were a number of us folks there, at least in the beginning.  I’m putting it here, not because I plan on joining anytime soon, but because it’s such a good place to be.  I learned a lot about writing in my time there and about what a writer’s forum could be.  It’s a sponsor-only kind of place (keeps the riff-raff out) and its greatest strength when I was around was the flash challenge.  Being there made my writing so much better in a year that my husband was shocked.  Once I get a little further in my writing, I’ll ask to join again.

These are just a few possibilities.  I’ll see what else turns up in the next week or so.

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