Post # 1
I have a passion for writing fiction. I write short stories and essays, and also make a few additions to a novel every now and then when I feel up to it (read: very seldomly).
Do you guys have any good creatve writing forums you frequent? I have been looking for one to join. Something supportive where I can get good information. I mainly want to learn about fiction contests I can enter.
I have Googled both and searched some on my own, but what I really want and need to see is some good first-hand experiences. If you guys have any information please tell me all about it!
Post # 3
Try Absolute Write.
And good luck with your writing! Are you doing NaNoWriMo?
Post # 4
@RexManningDay: Thanks! I hadn’t heard of it but just looked it up and now I’m reading about it. I’m interested for sure, it looks like fun.
Post # 5
@Pocket_Mouse: As a rule, other writers are not to be trusted , there are hundreds of thieves out there…but I find that several trusted, well read and brutally honest friends, however far away, are invaluable to a lone scribbler like myself. Good luck!
Post # 7
@Nona99: I agree. I really have no interest in sharing my personal works, but that same fear has me worried about contests as well. I really want to start entering my works, but I know so little about all of this. I don’t know who to trust.
My husband told me to print off anything I write and send it in an envelope to my own address to protect myself, but I just don’t know.
Basically, the point is, I’m just learning. I’m learning about everything.
Post # 8
@Pocket_Mouse: Well, register your work with the Writers Guild appropriate to your region, that’s an airtight way to avoid any intellectual piracy since there’s a fine line between inspiration and outright plagarism. The guilds were established to protect writers and help them, they might also have workshops and other events that you could attend, so that might be a valuable resource for you. Personally, I prefer to keep to myself, and let the work speak for itself….but everyone’s process is valid…best of luck to you…my only advice is read more than you write, know when to stop writing and never be your worst critic, everyone else will do that for you, trust me!
Post # 9
FictionPress has worked well for me in the past as well as fiction.net (it’s a sister site to fanfiction.net). You run in to some not so great writers and not so helpful writers, but I have had some AMAZING beta readers on there.
Figment.com is also a great one, though the majority of the writing is YA fiction (if that’s not yoru thing)…but there are some highly talented writers on there.
And, do NaNo! I’m a municipal liason, and I have been doing it for years and seriously, it’s awesome. =]
Post # 10
I’m also on Absolute Write and am doing NaNo.
Also, I totally disagree with the ‘don’t trust other writers’ sentiment. Other writers have helped make me into the writer I am now. There’s rare cases of shadiness, but it’s not like people say it is.
Also, do some research on copyright. You don’t actually need to register it. Here’s a helpful link 🙂 http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58845
Post # 11
I’m a writer, but I’m a copywriter for marketing/advertising.
I’d suggest finding a writer’s guild. I’ve had friends that attend guild meetings and enjoy it quite a lot. They get a lot of feedback and advice.
Post # 12
If you want to share on the net here is a site to see if your content has been stolen so you can run regular searches. If I can find it again I’ll post the link..
Many respect others, a real writer would never steal, they have respect for their love of writing so in-turn would respect other writers.. only a wanna be would steal. They are in every industry/trade, there are always the bad apples. Dont be afraid to share your works, it would be a shame not to celebrate it. 🙂