Editor’s Note: This is a post sharing an article from my professional blog.

One of the biggest things I hear when I meet other writers is about joining a community. People have an idea that writing is a solitary career, but in reality, it is not. It takes a village to write a book and while some people prefer to write on their own, other writers prefer company.

Joining a writing community is entirely up to you.

There are a lot of options, so I’ll walk you through the most common ones and discuss the pros and cons of each. I personally think that joining a writing community can be greatly beneficial, especially if you’re just starting out. Sometimes you get stuck, and having a second opinion can be helpful. Or having a place to share your struggles can be relieving.

No matter your reason for joining a community, I would like you to think about what exactly you want to get out of it.

I first joined a writing community when I was 14. Inkpop had just come around and I was excited to find a place to connect with other writers my age online. I didn’t have a lot of friends in high school, so these Inkies became my bedrock in high school and I still talk to many of them today. Especially when I was first starting out, getting feedback on my work was super helpful in seeing what I could improve on.

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