As I’ve been working on my first novel, Adrift, I’ve been looking for ways to connect with other writers. Through Facebook, I added an expat writer recommended to me by a woman I know in Malaysia, as she had told me he led a writing group. Well, that had been defunct by the time I added him, but he connected me with another expat writer who organises a monthly reading session for writers. I’ve yet to attend one of the meetings, but following her on Facebook has helped me find other opportunities.
This is how I came across Scribophile. I signed up last month, but given I was just about to head off to France, I didn’t have the chance to give it much of a look.
I finally decided to spend some time looking around the site last night. It’s main function is that it’s a dedicated community for writers who want to have the opportunity to have their writing critiqued by other writers, and offer their own critiques in return. I haven’t had enough time to delve into this side of the site yet, but I have bookmarked a few pieces to have a look at for critiquing later. If you sign up for a free membership like I did, then you have to leave a few critiques before you can have anything of your own reviewed.
However, the site is much more than a place for critiquing. I’ve spent most of my time checking out the forums and connecting with other writers there. I have quite a few writer friends elsewhere on the Internet, but I don’t know anyone else writing about pirate characters like I am. In less than 24 hours, I found three writers in the forums who are. This is exactly the sort of thing I’ve been wanting to find — other writers interested in writing in the same sorts of things that I am.
You hear sometimes that writing is a very lonely job, but it honestly doesn’t have to be. I prefer when it’s not. And now that I’ve found Scrib, I can stop bothering uninterested friends to read my stories for feedback. If you’re a writer looking for any of the sorts of things I mentioned here, I’d definitely recommend you check out the site. So far, the community seems very friendly and welcoming.