I want to let you in on a secret: I have an amazing writing friend. When I am stuck for ideas, I go to her. If I need inspiration, she is the first to pop into my mind. If I’m disheartened by some feedback or by my slow progress, I know she understands the challenges on my writing journey. Oh, and if I have wins, she cheers like it’s her own victory.
I bet you want a writing friend like that too.
Here’s the good news: this friend is Women Writers, Women Books (WWWB). I joined their Facebook page last year and it’s my go-to place for inspiration and support. This Facebook page is an extension of the www.booksbywomen.org website. Its aim is to provide women writers from all walks of life with a platform where they can meet and chat with other women writers, with the focus on mutual support.
In my experience, it works really well. I visit this page every day, and usually have something useful to takeaway. My favourite part is the guest posts by women writers sharing various aspects of their writing journey. You can find ‘How Tos and Tips’ types of posts, such as on the use of a dialogue to build a tension in your book or the best uses of historic research. You can also get to know some really good agents and find out what they are looking for in a piece of work they’d like to represent. There’s tons of advice on publishing and marketing your work, and excellent essays on important aspects of writing, such as time management. You can read Q&As and interviews with published authors – those really help me to put my writing journey into perspective. Most importantly, by asking questions and offering an input from your own experience, you can engage with women writers, like you and me, on the WWWB Facebook page.
And things are getting even better, because a new community part of the www.booksbywomen.org website is going live soon with lots of exciting features for members. So this is an excellent time to offer an input on what you’d welcome in that section. After all, this is such an amazing resource for all of us.
If you want to join our community, then all the links are below:
P.S. Speaking of new websites. My website is moving soon. The address will still be the same: http://gularavincent.com. However, if you’d like to hear from me, please make sure that you sign up to my mailing list here.
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