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How to Write an FAQ Section for Your Website

Many businesses first come into contact with their customers through their business websites and social media presence. To ensure that a good user experience is established through your business website, it’s important to provide an FAQ section. Keep reading to learn how to write an FAQ section for your website.

What Is an FAQ Section on a Website?

FAQ stands for “frequently asked question.” Do you ever notice you get customers calling on a regular basis asking the same question? If so, the question they are asking is a frequently asked question. You need to put yourself in the shoes of the customer when creating an FAQ section for your website. On the website itself, the FAQ section should be clearly labeled and easy to find to ensure you provide a good user experience for the customer.

Who Should Write an FAQ section on a Website?

Whoever knows your business well and regularly interacts with your customers should write the FAQ section for your website. If you’re the owner but rarely speak with customers, there’s a good chance you don’t know the most common questions they ask.

Once there is a list of questions compiled to form the FAQ section, you can always answer them and then send the content to a professional copywriter. This person can edit the content for grammatical errors and put it in a professional format.

Tips for Writing an FAQ for a Website

Start the FAQ section with the most common questions that your customers ask. Try to keep the questions to a minimum and the answers rather short, but don’t be vague. Thoroughly answer each question to the best of your ability in the least amount of words possible. If you find yourself with a rather long list of questions, you can separate them into categories to ensure you provide a good user experience. Always make sure your questions are actual questions and not statements. If it can’t end with a question mark, then it’s not a question.

Always review your FAQ section regularly and update questions and answers as needed. Furthermore, steer clear of dead-end answers. Be as descriptive as possible to ensure the customer thoroughly understands each answer. It’s also important to showcase your company’s contact information on the side or bottom of the FAQ section. This guarantees that customers know to contact you if they don’t understand an answer. It’s also helpful if they have a question that’s not featured in the FAQ section.

Does Search Engine Optimization Matter With FAQ Sections?

Your FAQ section can be used to boost the search engine optimization (SEO) value of your website. Make sure the questions and answers feature keywords that are relevant to your industry. List each question and then hyperlink the answer to a full-length blog post that answers the question. This is excellent for both SEO and a great user experience.

What Are the Benefits of an FAQ Section?

Whether it’s plumbing questions and answers or health questions and answers, an FAQ sections is useful for any type of business. The main reason you need one is because it helps to build trust with your customers. It shows them you care enough to take note of their most common questions, and you’re willing to take the time to provide thorough answers. An FAQ section can fulfill the purpose of an online customer service center, which is excellent for reducing repetitive inquires that take up your valuable time.


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15 of the Best Online Writing Communities for Aspiring Authors

As enjoyable and fulfilling as writing can be, the truth is that it’s often a solitary endeavor. While we might romanticize the focused artist typing away while imaginary worlds and narratives swirl inside their minds — authors know the truth: writing can get lonely. And moreover, when you’re working on a one-person project, it can be hard to remain motivated and accountable. That’s where writing communities come in.

Writing communities are the perfect place to find answers to your writing questions and to discuss the ins and outs of the writing life with people who actually understand what you’re talking about.

So, if you are tired of listening only to the voices in your head, take a look at our list of top online writing communities. (And if you're hungry for more, check out our more exhaustive list of the very best writing websites !)

Top online writing communities

1. absolute write water cooler.

With over 68,000 members, this is a large and highly active community. Here you can find threads on every genre imaginable, as well as discussions about freelance writing , the publishing industry, pop culture, writing prompts and exercises, and much more.

Perfect for: writers who are looking for a large and active community.

2. AgentQuery Connect

While this forum will come in handy for any writer, it’s especially helpful for authors who have already completed their manuscript and are wondering what to do next. The site boasts a wealth of information on publishing topics such as querying agents, self-publishing tips, and book promotion advice.

Perfect for: writers who are looking to connect with agents and learn more about the publishing industry.

3. Camp NaNoWriMo

If you’ve ever wanted to go to a writer’s retreat but can’t afford it just yet, then this site might help scratch your itch. Holding online “camp sessions” in April and July, Camp NaNoWriMo offers a digital space to encourage and empower writers at any point of their career. Here you can work on drafts, revisions, short stories, or any other writing project that involves word-count goals.

Perfect for: writers who can’t wait until November to crack their writing goals .

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4. Critique Circle

Feedback should be a vital part of any writer’s process, and this is exactly what Critique Circle offers. This members-only site allows authors to post stories in exchange for feedback on other people’s writing. You can also find storyboarding tools , writing prompts , workshops, name generators , games like hangman, and much more.

Perfect for: writers who want honest feedback on their writing.

5. Chronicles

As the world’s largest Science Fiction and Fantasy online community, Chronicles offers writers the opportunity to get together and discuss the latest books, news, and pop culture in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy world. This is an active community with thousands of threads that include genre-specific challenges, workshops, critiques, and even publishing and industry information.

Perfect for: writers interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy writing.

6. Facebook Groups

If social media is more your style, don't miss the chance to interact with your fellow writers by joining Facebook groups in your own niche. Look for groups with a strict "no self-promotion" rules so that it remains supportive and useful to your writing goals.

There are a lot of groups out there in a variety of topics that range from genre-specific writing tips to traditional and self-publishing industry news. Here are just a few of them:

The Street Team — Reedsy's own book marketing group for self-publishing authors. 10 Minute Novelists — a group for the time-crunched writer. Calls for Submissions  — for writers looking for publication opportunities. Fiction Writers Global — a great resource for information about traditional and self-publishing. Writers Unite! — an active group with plenty of support and motivation for novice and experienced writers alike.

Perfect for: writers who prefer using social media.

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Perfect for: writers who have doubts about their writing and are in need of encouragement.

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8. The Next Big Writer

This is an international forum where writers can receive feedback on their writing and support on every other part of the creative process from drafting to publishing and marketing. The critiques are often thorough and many come from published authors. Keep in mind that there is a monthly cost associated with the membership, but it might be worth it to be able to bend the ear of published authors.

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More than just a single writing community, Reddit has countless ‘subreddits’ where writers of all genres, interests, and levels of experience flock. While it may not offer workshops or tools, members can find niche threads that relate to their interests, critique other people’s work, and discover helpful sources of information.

There are so many different subreddits that you can get lost browsing them, but here are a few of the most popular ones:

r/writing — for general writing purposes. r/writingprompts — for user-submitted writing prompts. r/destructivereaders — beware, if you don’t like harsh criticism this may not be the best fit. But if you are willing to endure it, you will come out a better writer at the end. r/worldbuilding — user submitted fiction worlds. r/fantasywriters — for anybody interested in the fantasy genre. r/characterforge — the place to be for character building. r/writerchat — for those interested in talking with fellow writers. r/selfpublish — for anybody interested in self-publishing. r/logophilia — “the love of words and word games,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. r/freelanceWriters — for anybody interested in a career in freelance writing . r/books — because reading is just as important as writing if you want to be a successful author.

Perfect for: writers who want niche threads based on a particular interest or need.

10. Scribophile

One of the largest communities in the world, Scribophile offers workshops, tutorials, and critiques for authors in just about any genre imaginable. While it is free to join, only users who pay for a membership get access to all their features.

Perfect for: authors whowant to take part in writing workshops alongside writers of all experience levels.

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11. She Writes

With over 30,000 members, this is the largest writing community exclusively for women. Here you can find articles on writing, editing, and marketing for every genre. There are forums tailored to specific needs, like travel writers, writing about trauma, NaNoWriMo, and many other topics.

Perfect for: women writers who want a place to connect and learn from fellow writers.

12. Talentville

If your passion lies in screenwriting, then you’ll want to book a one-way ticket to Talentville. Here you can get feedback on your writing and learn the skills necessary to perfect your screencraft. Plus, you can work on and build your network of contacts: the site is also a frequent stop for industry professionals (like agents, managers, and producers) on the lookout for new talent.

Perfect for: writers whoare interested in screenwriting and networking.

13. Underlined

A writing community by Penguin Random House. While any author can find helpful information on this website, it’s geared more towards younger writers. It has a well-designed platform, quizzes, genre-specific information, the latest news on book releases, Q&As with authors, and even some giveaways and excerpts as perks.

Perfect for: younger writers who are looking for genre-specific information and bookish perks.

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14. Writers Helping Writers

This is a free-to-register community where you can find resources for writers, teachers, and editors alike. They offer a vast array of tools to perfect your craft, no matter your level. Their extensive creative library includes webinars, free writing and marketing tools, a thesaurus collection, story maps, idea generators, and more.

Perfect for: writers, editors, and teachers who are looking to build up their writing toolbox.

15. #WritingCommunity

Sometimes, all you need is a hashtag. And indeed, Twitter's own #WritingCommunity is one of the most robust writing collectives on the web. Ask a question, and it'll almost certainly get answered (without a lot of Twitter's trademark snark). The key here is to keep your questions concise, reply often to others, and don't go crazy with other hashtags. The community can tell if you're just thirsty for RTs. Perfect for: writers who are finally ready to use Twitter for good — and not just for procrastinating.

Do you belong to a writing community? Which one is your favorite one? Add yours in the comments below!

13 responses

27/11/2018 – 22:42

Very useful post. Thanks for this. I will be linking to it on my blog.

Dr Jack Edward Effron says:

18/02/2019 – 16:40

You left out It’s truly free. They are not going to give you a rubbish service to make you join their pay site because they have no pay site. Your story can be 8,000 words. They are not going to force you into flash fiction of 3,000 words. One critique out, one critique in: no mucking about with “karma” or critiquing 5+ stories to get one critique. The great new idea whose time has come! And it’s British, not American.

marieseltenrych says:

08/05/2019 – 12:28

Reedsy, thank God you are here! I want to ask a question to other authors or self publishers here: I have been approached by OmniScriptum to publish my books (research) with them. I cannot find much about this company online, so wondered if anyone has published with them recently? Thanks Reedsy in anticipation. Marie

↪️ Reedsy replied:

08/05/2019 – 12:29

Hi Marie! Sounds potentially very shady to me. If you haven't already, check out our post on predatory companies in publishing. One of the rules of thumb is that if a publisher contacts you first, be very wary. I just did 20 seconds worth of Googling and found some people who had a bad experience.

Eunice Brownlee says:

I am a member of illuminate, which is a group designed around supporting women who want to share their stories but don't know how. The majority of us write non-fiction essays and memoirs, but we have a few poets and fiction writers in the mix as well. The overall goal is to support each other, especially through those harder moments of not wanting to write, or not knowing where to start. There are monthly themes and prompts, a weekly exercise inside the Facebook group, and cross-sharing of what we're working on. My favorite feature is the expert review, where you can submit any piece you're working on each month and you'll get quality feedback from one of the editors that manage the group. This group is perfect for anyone who is just getting started writing.

↪️ Brittani B replied:

11/02/2020 – 19:27

I tried the link multiple times both from this page and separately searched and was unable to access the site.

Harry says:

05/06/2019 – 07:51

Personally I think you missed out the best writing community: Jericho Writers is a free writing community that writers can safely share thought, make friends, swap work and get advice

Christian says:

08/08/2019 – 12:21

I only recommend Scribophile if you enjoy being coerced into groupthink. If you hope to get meaningful critique that will help you, look elsewhere. The critiques here are mostly SPAG, and it's forbidden to discuss your work on the main forums, except in the broadest, vaguest way.

Randy says:

18/08/2019 – 06:11

I have all my dads writing research and copyrights to 18 different books....all this was before the digital world .... many negatives photos ....every major story from all over the world with his .copyright . These are huge stores and his books are really well written ....what should I do with them .....incredible spy work as well

Ratih says:

27/08/2019 – 03:50

As a new writer this article is really useful for me. Thank you reedsy

Jennifer says:

02/09/2019 – 14:15

Hi guys! Great blog! Just wanted to let you know that we linked to you in a blog on the Peaceful Living Wellness Online Magazine :) It will be published on Friday, September 6th, 2019

↪️ Martin Cavannagh replied:

17/09/2019 – 09:04

Thanks! We appreciate that!

Kaylee Downey says:

14/02/2020 – 19:09

Um...what about Wattpad?

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Top 10 Online Writing Communities to Perfect Your Craft

Top 10 Online Writing Communities to Perfect Your Craft

Whatever type of writer you are, you could use some company. Personally, I only sit with a group of wordsmiths and get letters onto paper a couple of times during the year. In a bid to hone my craft, I’ve been participating in text conversations all over the web in online writing communities. These dedicated forums for writers enrich my content and daily life in many ways, whether it’s finding motivation to keep prose flowing, getting help to build characters, or simply improving my style.

I also found that these online writing groups are among the best places for getting ideas out there. To begin, introduce yourself in the forums, respond to comments and suggest new ideas. You’ll quickly link with people who will push your vocab, views and verbal reasoning. Most importantly of all, use discussion to escape from the mundane while making your writing exquisite.

Keep in mind that these writing forums have different target audiences. From this article, you’ll get an inkling of the main characteristics of each community. The next thing you should do is go and participate in the discussions, to see which one is right for you.

So, stick with me as I narrate you through the top online writing communities for authors of all levels, genres and styles:

Writing Forums

Mythic Scribes

Writing about Writing

Writing Prompts

Writers Anonymous

Critique Circle

Bonus: Start your own writing community

01. Writing Forums

Best for: Writers who want to improve their skills.

This is one of the best places to connect with other writers. 22,551 (and counting) literati of all abilities exchange tips and engage in discussions about writing techniques. If you’re in the mood for a natter, simply jump into the various topics up for debate, suggest your original ideas and respond to copy concepts. If you’re more of the emulous type, you’ll find it exciting to join contests that motivate and build your skill levels.

But the most glorious aspect of Writing Forums really is the palpable sense of solidarity. Swapping reviews is popular practice between members. You’ll get lots of actionable feedback from word-loving comrades. What’s more, this community is supported by mentors who have an important responsibility in the social hierarchy. To see who your own private group of helpers could be, check out the people in the Mentor Directory - a golden resource for finding the right person to appraise your words.

02. Mythic Scribes

Best for: Fantasy authors and rambling Game of Thrones fans.

Ready to bring folkloric elements to your writing life? If you’re a fantasy author, or remotely interested in anything magical, I strongly recommend joining the Mythic Scribes forum. You’ll get to discuss all aspects of building your legendary world, from the intricacies of ergot mixed with mead, to the detailed origins of dragons. There’s an open-minded forum atmosphere, where people freely roam imaginary realms and discuss historical research.

On signup, you’re prompted to create five posts - an engagement trick that worked well for me, because moderators quickly replied to my initial messages and got me talking. The mods are working hard to make writing easier and more enjoyable. Seriously, you’ll be improving your writing every time you post. As an added bonus, the website has a fairly quiet chat room, meaning you can have a coherent chin-wag, without getting swamped with a bombardment of banter or annoying notifications.

03. She Writes

She Writes online writing community

Best for: Self-published female authors looking for business tips.

Joining She Writes is an indispensable career move for female authors who want to develop a professional network or get advice. Even though the organisation’s aim is to support women writers, you don’t have to be a lady to sign up. In fact, anyone can make the most of the science shared within the chats.

To get deeper into discussions about different writing styles , start joining the groups. You’ll find that disseminating practical writing knowledge is this community’s strength. Perhaps you need some pointers on how to get an agent? Tips regarding marketing your work? Or guidance whilst writing a memoir? This is the place to ask your questions and link up with successful fictionistas, inspired poetesses and freelancing ghostwriters. Take a look at the site members for a who’s who and you will see a clan of women who can help you along your writing journey.

04. NaNoWriMo

Best for : Procrastinating novelists needing a bit of motivation.

This community is based around the annual challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November - hence NaNoWriMo , which is not the name of a waggish Star Wars droid, but the abbreviation of “National Novel Writing Month”. However, chats in this forum are not limited to one month. All year round, you can plan your next novel and make notes, with help from other members. It became so popular that many of the other writing communities have multiple threads devoted to NaNoWriMo .

When November arrives and you start to pour out a novel, just keep writing and don’t give up! If you feel like you’re slacking at any time, you can get a surge of literary productivity from your digital mates. On completing the challenge, you’ll finally have the first version of a book you can go on to edit and improve.

05. Wattpad

Best for: Chick-lit fans who love using emojis.

As an online self-publishing platform, with a booming forum to go with it, this site embodies the digital reformation of the writing industry. Netflix’s hit movie The Kissing Booth is based on a story published via Wattpad that got super famous, demonstrating that, in the 2020s, it’s all about getting your drafts out into the universe.

Half of the Wattpad site is devoted to digital books, the other half to the bustling forum community. The forum functions for readers to hang out, discuss characters and their daily lives too. It’s also the place for authors to create some hype and interact with their audience. If you publish a story on Wattpad , follow up by generating social buzz in the community. To quote Ken Blanchard, “feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Be brave enough to ask for opinions. It’s scary at first, but it’s a great way to boost your confidence as a writer.

06. Writing about Writing

Best for: Humorous writers whose phones are extensions of their arms.

This group is the place to go when you should be writing but you’re on social media instead. (Writing comments on Facebook counts, right?) Apparently loving a good meme, the page admin posts conversation starters and is thoroughly fluent in the language of sarcasm.

This community is less about posting written work and more about what’s going on in the replies. Sometimes crude yet often refreshing points of view are strewn in amongst the pun madness, alongside sprinklings of useful links. Keep in mind that you might need to learn a few new words to understand the punchlines of the community’s wordplay jokes. And, if you’re not attuned to the participants’ humor, it’s possible to think some people in this digital-ecosystem are a bit grumpy.

This Facebook page deserves a humongous shout-out for being proactive regarding accessibility . It’s glorious that all text in pictures is transcribed, so software can read it out loud.

07. Commaful

Commaful online writing community

Best for: Snapchatters in tune with their feelings.

The format of the Commaful community’s super short stories is what makes this site unique. Thriving on succinct multimedia writing, members are doing more than just using written words to communicate. They illustrate their stories, chunked line by line, with pictures, resulting in interactive digital picture books. Because there’s less text on a screen at one time, it makes reading more manageable. Instead of leafing through pages of a book, the interactive tapping is equally as tactile.

Commaful is home to a community of nicely spoken, emerging writers who enjoy inspiring and sensitive poetry. They use writing as catharsis, so you can sense emotions running high. Holistically a great space for creative expression and therapeutic writing.

08. /r/Writing Prompts

Best for: Newsfeed scrollers looking for inspiration.

Encompassing a gigantic amount of activity, it may be hard to initially find your feet in the Reddit social sphere because of the intense multi-layered landscape. But if you invest enough time to surf through Reddit , you’ll find the right spot to write. Writing Prompts is a good place to start. With over 14.2 million promptians signed up, it’s one of the most visited online meeting places for scribes on the net right now.

Kickstart your writing by creating short stories inspired by any of the prompts. Be warned though, the Reddit community does not hold back in their reviews. Just try not to blub. You’ll get a thicker skin and you’ll become a tougher writer. You could even discover someone to collab’ with.

09. Writers Anonymous

Best for: Technologically savvy creative writers.

Writers Anonymous is good for meshing with people from many backgrounds, with different mindsets, who can read your work with fresh eyes. Consequently, this makes writing even more inspiring for you. As usual, share cool links, but avoid major self-promotion. There’s definitely more opportunity to use chatspeak compared to forementioned communities.

Getting used to the Discord platform initially takes lots of clicking around, because of its hashtag-based user interface . The platform was initially created for gamers to chat via their microphone headsets, so it’s the perfect setting for role-play writing. No wonder the stylish dark-mode interface is silky sleek, as gamers are some of the most tech-trendy peeps I know. Check out Disboard , an index for all the Discord subcommunities and search for writing keywords that take your fancy.

10. Critique Circle

Critique Circle online writing community

Best for: Writers searching for beta readers.

Fab’ for scouting beta readers, it’s no wonder Critique Circle is one of the Internet’s most popular writing forums. Running on a credit system, you “pay” credits to submit your story and score credits for writing a critique on someone else's stuff. The amount you earn depends on the word count of the story and the review. Note that the quality of critiques can vary and some critters may not pay attention to your overarching plotline. You don’t have to write for critiques though. Just write because you enjoy it, in a similar fashion to the heaps of passionate writers that congregate there.

The sign up and browsing experience is easy-going. You can bookmark interesting reads for later and even personalize your front page. As an added bonus, you can access all sorts of statistical information about the members. According to the figures, most users are 26-30 years old who prefer to post critiques on Wednesdays! There’s awesome word association amusements and it’s a great place to chat about the books that you’ve been reading.

11. Bonus: Start your own writing community

Hopefully, this article has inspired you to join one of these digi-communities. Alternatively, it’s completely possible to build your very own writers’ community today. Ready to start? Then create your forum with Wix. It’s literally as straightforward as writing a couple of posts and inviting members to join the conversation. If you’re an author, you’ll find that bringing together the right contacts to chat about writing on your very own individual website will set you apart from the rest of the crowd. Or, simply create some excellent written content and be confident enough to share it with the world.

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The 6 Best Online Communities for Writers

These online communities offer inspiration, ideas, and support, no matter what type of writer you aspire to be.

Whether it's fiction, nonfiction, fanfiction, or anything in between, the web offers countless spaces where writers are free to share their work, explore other people's writings, and find a community.

Aspiring creators can dip their toes in the water and see what it's like to deal with constructive criticism, while established writers can test out ideas and see what works better for their story.

Let's look at some platforms that house the best communities for online writers.

1. Critique Circle

Critique Circle has been around since 2003 and is one of the oldest online writing communities. It's well-known, and its members are there to offer assistance and camaraderie.

Its members don't blast you with criticism, but instead, actively work towards providing constructive feedback that will help your work.

For every critique you post, you'll get served with credits. Depending on the length of your post and the story you're critiquing, the credits you earn can range from 0.5 to two credits. You need three credits to submit a story of your own.

The platform houses thousands of members, with over 100,000 stories shared and 400,000 critiques posted. You can interact with everyone, create discussions on various topics, and belong to an accepting community.

2. Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helping Writers is a platform that offers an array of resources for writers, as well as for editors and teachers. You're free to register as a user and work towards improving your writing.

You can find various tutorials, webinars, as well as marketing and writing tools that you can use for free. There's even an idea generator available.

With Writers Helping Writers, you can find a community willing to accept, support, and help you as a writer.

3. Underlined

If you're an aspiring writer that lacks experience, this is the place for you. Underlined offers to help build you up as a writer, craft your skills, and boost your confidence.

The site was created by Penguin Random House, and it's geared towards newer writers. It offers a welcoming writing community willing to give support and advice.

Underlined provides a space to make connections, explore the world of writing, chat with authors, and more. It's an inclusive community dedicated to supporting writers.

4. Scribophile

Scribophile is among the most well-known writing communities available online. It offers guidance, help, and support for aspiring writers. You can access tutorials and workshops, as well as reach out to professional writers who can provide tips and tricks of the trade.

Like with Critique Circle, Scribophile requires you to collect points (karma points) before it allows you to submit a work yourself. You get these points by posting critiques on other people's writings. In other words, you give feedback in order to receive feedback.

Joining the community is free, but the free profile comes with some limitations. If you choose to pay for the $9/month ($65/year) subscription, you get access to everything Scribophile offers, including unlimited submissions and messaging. Either way, the site is ad-free, and is an excellent resource to use to help you grow as a writer.

5. NaNoWriMo

If you want to push yourself as a writer or simply lack motivation or drive, NaNoWriMo is for you. NaNoWriMo boasts a community of writers who challenge themselves to become more productive.

NaNoWriMo is short for "National Novel Writing Month." The platform sets out an annual challenge to writers, daring them to produce 50,000 words for a novel during the month of November.

You don't have to complete your novel in this one single month, but rather aim to get a large chunk of work done. You're free to plan out your work throughout the year and reach out to other members for advice, support, and feedback on your thoughts and ideas.

Motivation can sometimes be hard to come by, and if you're a procrastinator at heart, it can be difficult even to start the writing process. The idea of becoming an organized writer  may seem like an aspirational dream. But if a challenge can get you going, look no further than NaNoWriMo.

6. The Next Big Writer

The Next Big Writer provides a welcoming environment where you can find camaraderie. It offers writing classes and workshops, discussions, feedback, support, and advice for writers.

The community can assist you with every step of your creative process, helping you get published, and market your book. Many members of the community have already been published, and you're encouraged to reach out to them.

The Next Big Writer offers a free and paid membership. The Basic Membership is free but has limitations. On the other hand, the Premium Membership unlocks everything the platform has to offer, including the ability to post unlimited content. It costs $7.95/month or $69.95/year.

The Benefits of Being Part of a Community

A community grants you access to constructive criticism. And, not just a bunch of people spewing negativity for the sake of it, but actual valuable advice to help you become a better writer .

Sometimes, you simply need a second opinion. A pair of fresh eyes looking at what you've been writing can be genuinely helpful.

While you might not realize that something can be improved upon, someone new to your work can reach that conclusion much faster. All it takes is a slight adjustment to the direction, and that can prove to be a major help.

Apart from guidance on a piece you're still writing, you can also ask your community to review a work you've already completed. Strangers often offer the best criticism—unlike family or friends, they won't sugarcoat their words to avoid hurting your feelings.

Aside from receiving feedback, you can also benefit from support. A community willing to welcome you and provide any assistance is invaluable. After all, who can better understand what you're going through than another writer?

Joining a Community Is a Must

Being a writer can often feel reclusive. Belonging to a community of people like you, who face the same challenges, is an excellent way to find kindred spirits.

And, if you're not one for socializing, the right community can be beneficial to your writing. Having access to published authors and getting constructive criticism, advice, and support is invaluable.

Every artist can benefit from finding a like-minded community and sharing their work. Make the jump and find your community. With so many options at your fingertips, don't be scared to explore them all and find the right fit for you.

15 Writing Communities: Supporting Your Solo Endeavor

15 Writing Communities: Supporting Your Solo Endeavor

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What are online writing communities , benefits of joining writing communities, 15 best writing communities to join right away .

  • Key Takeaways 
  • Conclusion 

Writing has been considered a lonely journey. Of course, you write for yourself, for others, but whatever you do, you have to gear up and put your thoughts out in the form of words. But does writing feel like a lonely art? Is it that we have misinterpreted the loneliness of writing?

Writing demands the utmost dedication and commitment of your mind. A single noise can destroy your atmosphere of writing. It requires a lot of concentration, and it’s challenging to achieve that amid noises. Thus, we separate ourselves from the world when we put our heart and creativity out. After spending hours and days on a certain write-up, don’t you feel like showing it to someone who would share valuable feedback on it? 

You may be collecting views from your family and friends, but we all understand that not everyone can fine-tune writing as a writer. We need someone who knows the ins and outs of writing to provide honest and genuine feedback. Here comes into consideration the online writing community.

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As the name depicts, writing communities are where writers worldwide connect virtually to support, encourage, and help their fellow writers. Nobody can understand writing better than a writer, and if you are just unsure about anything related to your writings, maybe the tone of it or the writing style, a single message can clear all your doubts.

Writing communities are essential for gathering reviews on your writing and helping you in many other ways. The benefits of online writing communities are immense, and there is an abundance of writing community websites composed of writers of different genres, levels of experience, and much more.

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Thinking about joining writing communities but doubtful about it? No matter which online writing community you enter, it will hardly hamper your career. On the contrary, you can enjoy multiple benefits by joining some of the best writing communities . Let’s look at the five significant benefits these communities provide.

1. Offer valuable feedback

As a writer, your objective is to understand the audience’s mind and craft writing accordingly. Focusing on the reader’s mind is vital for connecting them with your writing, which isn’t easy. Writing communities are appropriate platforms to share your work and ask for genuine feedback. The community offers you detailed feedback on the tone of your writing, its flow, and whether it’s attractive from the reader’s point of view.

2. Source of support and encouragement

No matter what we do, we all need somebody to uplift and support us in our journey. In a writing community where all the writers unite, you will never feel alone. You get support on those hard days when you don’t feel like writing and appreciation for achieving even a little success.

3. Improves your writing process

Writing communities can help you improve your writing. Here, writers share their own experiences from their journey and the methods and resources that helped them. Some can be great fictional writers, and others non-fictional. Whatever your genre or problem be, you can get everything in this place.

4. Great place for networking

What can be better than a writer networking with fellow writers other than writing communities? When you connect with other community members, you learn about their mistakes, successes, experiences and gain plenty of knowledge for them. Further, you also get to share some beautiful bonds with the other writers.

5. Get help with writing

Writer’s block is a common concern for all writers, and when it hits you, you can run to these writing communities to seek help with ideas, creativity, and writing.

Impressed by the pool of benefits a writing community provides? Now, it’s time to join one, or maybe some of them. Let’s look into the collection of some of the best online writing communities and find the perfect one for you.

1. Absolute Write Water Cooler

Absolute Write is a large and active writing community of over 68,000 writers. Here, you can participate in discussions on every genre, from politics to science, pop culture, freelance writing, writing exercises, and more.

The best part? This online writing community is highly active and famous. You can easily find like-minded people here.

2. AgentQuery

Are you looking for critique and feedback for your writing? AgentQuery is an excellent place for you. If you are an author who has completed their manuscript and looking for the next step, this community can help you connect with publishing agents. Moreover, you can find many promotion advice, agents, and self-publishing tips here.

3. NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, is one of the most famous online writing communities. Consisting of many writers across the globe, this community supports and encourages writers to upskill their creativity and writing.

NaNoWriMo is widely popular for its November challenge of completing 50000-word novels in 30 days. This might sound impossible, but the dedicated writers have proved their excellent skills in this challenge. 

This writing community organizes NaNoWriMo every year in April and July to empower writers to perform better under the guidance of experienced writers.

4. Critique Circle

As the name suggests, this online writing community is the place for all criticism and feedback from other writers. Established in 2003, the Critique Circle is one of the oldest and best-writing communities comprising beginners and experienced writers.

There are many reasons to join this community, the most important being the chance to receive honest feedback and interact with some of the best writers. In addition, Critique Circle offers storyboarding tools, writing prompts, workshops, and plenty of other things.

5. Chronicles

One of the largest science fiction and online fantasy communities, Chronicles offers the perfect place to discuss books, news, and writing related to science fiction and fantasy.

If you’re interested in these genres, this writing community can help with many threads, challenges, workshops, and active support from the community.

Does self-publishing interest you? If yes, this writing community is your go-to place. Bookrix assists with publishing and marketing your books. Even if you are a beginner, this community has many writers and readers who can offer you valuable feedback at every step of your writing.

7. Insecure Writer’s Support Group

We can’t deny that we all doubt our writing, maybe as beginners or even as experienced writers. But unfortunately, self-doubts are bound to happen, and this writing community can help you overcome all your insecurities.

So, if you need any encouragement while writing or want to clear your self-doubts, you should join the Insecure Writer’s Support group without any second thought.

8. The Next Big Writer

This is an international and paid writing community. Most writers in this community are established authors, and they provide deep and valuable feedback on your writings. 

You can get continuous support here, from drafting your content to publishing it. Thus, paying to join this online writing community can be worth your money.

If you are looking for a writing community that focuses on niche threads, you have found the best place. Along with numerous subreddits, Reddit helps the writer by providing writing prompts and other informative content related to writing.

You can easily find countless subreddits depending on your interests and other useful stuff since this is a community of writers from various niches and experience levels.

10. Scribophile

Scribophile organizes workshops, webinars, and tutorials for a community dedicated to authors, no matter to which genre they belong.

This community offers excellent features, but some are limited to its paid membership.

11. She Writes

A writing community exclusively built for women, She Writes, has more than 30,000 members, making it one of the largest communities for “she” writers. This place offers a great collection of resources regarding writing, editing, and marketing and 

If you are a woman writer searching for a supportive community of fellow writers, it’s highly suggested to join this fantastic space.

12. Talentville

Talentville is the most appropriate online writing community for those passionate about screenwriting and networking. The community is always open to providing genuine feedback on your writings and pushes you to increase your skillset to make a perfect ScreenCraft.

Here, you can also make meaningful connections with professionals, including managers, founders, and agents who are usually part of the community to hire new talents.

13. Underlined

Younger writers who want help with genre-specific information can join Underlined, started by Penguin Random House. 

You can even find quizzes, the latest news on books, QnA sessions with authors, giveaways, and much more.

14. Writers Helping Writers

It is a free writing community offering various tools and resources to craft your content. Whether you are a writer, editor, or a teacher, it has quizzes, workshops, webinars, writing and marketing tools for everyone.

15. Figment

A fun and friendly community of writers covering topics from simple tips on writing to a detailed discussion on something else, Figment is a fantastic place to get started with. The members here are very active and always lend their support when required.

Key Takeaways

  • An online writing community is a group of writers of different genres and experience levels who unite to support each other.
  • There are numerous advantages to joining writing communities. You need to find your purpose and join them.
  • An online writing community is like a family of writers who will support and uplift you in your journey.
  • You can get constructive criticism from writing communities that can help you improve your writing.
  • You can interact with excellent writers and learn from their experiences by joining writing communities.
  • There are plenty of writing community websites to find and join the best online writing communities depending upon your choice.

Writing communities are a great place to form meaningful connections with other writers and make yourself a better writer. In addition, being surrounded by people of the same profession helps you gain confidence and learn other facts on the same. 

We have looked at the plethora of benefits that writing communities serve. A writer should join such communities to become a better version of themselves. Since there are plenty of writing community websites, you need to find and choose the ones most suitable for you.

A strong writing community is a group of writers who are always ready to help you with writing tips, tools, and other resources. In addition, this community offers genuine feedback on your writings, which can help you to improvise your writings. Moreover, you can interact with many fellow writers, know about their experiences, and learn about different books and writings.

Wattpad is a social storytelling platform for readers and writers to share their stories and learn about the narratives and experiences of others.

Several sites offer a good amount based on your writing if you want to submit your writing work and earn money from them. Copyhackers, Listverse, Narratively, Reader’s Digest, Writer’s Digest, Copypress, Fiverr are some sites where you can get paid for your writings.

The platforms that offer free article publishing are Medium, Linkedin Articles, EzineArticles, Scoop. It, Issuu, Yudo, Article Alley, and a lot more.

Nowadays, there are numerous sites to write and publish your blogs. Some of the most popular sites for writing blogs are Wix, Linkedin, Medium, WordPress, Weebly, Ghost, Blogger, and Tumblr.

An online journal is commonly called a blog or, more specifically, a personal blog. Here, you can share your thoughts, life experiences, and anything you want the world to know about you. 

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The life of a writer is pretty solitary, both by design and necessity. While you may find yourself in the neighborhood coffee shop a few days a week just for a change of pace, being a writer can be lonely and quiet.

Well-meaning as they are, your friends and family don’t understand the nuance between conflict and crisis. Try as they might, they can’t relate to the complexity of creating a consistent voice . And, heaven help them, they’ll never get the agony of choosing between traditional and self-publishing .

It’s no wonder that writing and alcohol are familiar companions.

But it’s not happy hour yet. Here’s the good news: you’re not alone. In fact, right this moment, writers just like you are actively participating in writing communities all over the web. It’s time that you meet.

But first, you may be wondering, what’s the point of joining a writing community? I’m glad you asked, because there’s a lot of compelling reasons to join. Let’s break it down:

Have you ever gotten to a point in your story where something just doesn’t sound right, but you can’t figure it out? You don’t want to ask your friends and family for their opinion because, let’s be honest, they’ll just say it sounds great to avoid hurting your feelings (even when you know it doesn’t).

Submitting a difficult piece to your writing community allows you to get honest, actionable feedback while you’re still working on your manuscript.

+Support & Encouragement

Writers understand other writers. They understand what it’s like to fall in love with a character, to struggle with dialogue, and to build entire worlds from scratch. These are your people. You need an environment where you can talk to fellow writers who struggle in the same areas you do. Those people can also help pull you from the mire of despair when the going gets tough, and they’ll motivate you to write those last thousand words.

After you’ve written and edited your book, you can ask your writing community to review your book. Swapping reviews is a popular practice. It’s free and easy to do, and a win-win for both writers.

+Beta Readers

So, what is a beta reader? Beta readers can help catch common, easy to fix mistakes such as detail inconsistencies, that you'll most likely miss after having read over the manuscript 300 times. Often the most important thing beta readers can offer is the indication that something is wrong. They may not know how to fix it or may not offer the right suggestion, but they'll alert you to the fact that X isn't working.

If you’re self-publishing, you’ll need to get marketing savvy quickly. In addition to subscribing to our blog , get thee involved in a writing community where you can learn a lot of interesting marketing tricks and techniques from seasoned pros.

Also, most online writing communities have a dedicated space for writers to promote their books. Share your book with a wider audience.

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Now that you’re fully convinced on the benefits of becoming an active member in an online writing community, let’s look at the very best ones to join (in alphabetical order) :

1. Absolute Write Water Cooler


Absolute Writer is a popular and passionate writer’s forum on everything from politics to science fiction (which may in fact be the same thing). It welcomes writers of all genres, including novels, non fiction, screenwriting, and greeting cards.

Why Join? This community is well moderated and extremely popular. You’ll find kindred spirits here.

Popular boards include Ask the Agent , Self-Publishing , and Young Adult .

2. AgentQuery

AgentQuery is a great place to go for critiques and feedback. If you’re further along in the writing process and would love to know how to get an agent, for example, this is the go-to writing community. Check out successful query letters and learn about marketing your book after it’s published.

Why Join? There’s plenty of advice for after you’ve completed your manuscript and are interested in shopping it around. Find out what needs to be done by those who’ve been there/ done that.

Popular boards include Spectulative Fiction , Author and Book Promotion Tips , Agent Submission Process


BookRix is a community for independent writers who are interested in self-publishing. While the site BookRix does provide writers with self-publishing help, its community is full of diverse topics that can help any writer improve and commiserate (or both!).

Why Join? You’ll enter an established book community with lots of activity.

Popular boards include Serious Writers , Book Promotion , The Reading List

4. Critique Circle

Established in 2003, Critique Circle is one of the oldest writing communities online. The majority of members are young adults between 21 to 30. As the name implies, members take advantage of critique help, but there’s also a chill vibe for this site. For example, a popular thread at the time of this post is word association.

Why Join? Join for critique help and camaraderie. You may lose hours interacting with other writers in this community, and that’s a good thing every now and then.

Popular boards include Publishing , The Procrastination Lounge (no surprise), Publishing

5. Critters Writers Workshop


For all you sci-fi, fantasy, or horror writers out there, here’s the group for you. While it’s not the most active community out there, there’s a lot of genre specific nuggets you’ll love to read.

Why Join? This board is a must-join for the sci-fi, fantasy, or horror crowd.

Popular boards include Critique Discussions , Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writing , Help!


Scribophile is one of the largest writing communities online. Writers of any genre join to post their writing for critique, give each other feedback on how to improve their writing, and help each other on their journey to publication. Their forums are busy, with over 5.1 million posts at the time of writing, and their members have gone on to be published by the likes of HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and more.

Why Join? This community is one of the top places to get professional feedback on your writing, and to meet other writers working in your genre.

Popular boards include

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[Publishing] ( )

[General discussion: Cool Hang-Out Chill Zone ( ).

7. Hatrack River Writers Workshop


While the Hatrack River Writers Workshop forum has an old school look and feel, there’s plenty of fresh ideas and energetic discussions.

Why Join? Get involved in vibrant discussions about developing character and plot. Learn more about improving your writing from fellow writers.

Popular boards include Open Discussions About Writing , Fragments and Feedback for Short Works , Writing Class

Mibba skews young, but it’s welcoming to any age group. Mibba users create blogs and write narrative posts or stories that can then be critiqued by other members. It’s a great community for young writers who need extra support.

Why Join? This community nurtures young authors by providing an active community, opportunities for collaboration, and peer feedback.

Popular boards include Role-Playing , General , Tips

9. NaNoWriMo


Short for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo is something of a revolution that challenges writers everywhere to write an entire novel in one month. Crazy, but scores of dedicated fanatics have proven it’s possible.

Why Join? This is a wildly popular community that provides tons of support and writing strategies.

Popular boards include Plot Doctoring , Reference Desk , Writing 101

10. The Next Big Writer

In this community, you’ll find writers who offer professional, no-fluff feedback. There’s not a lot of random activity here, but rather a more somber discourse on writing.

Why Join? Join for professional critique from established writers.

Popular boards include The TheNextBigWriter Basic Group , The Writing Tips & Advice Group , The Fantasy World Builders Group

11. The Reddit Writer's Group

Last but certainly not least is Reddit. Reddit features a subreddit dedicated to write and another to writing . Confusing, right? Just join both. Both subreddits are active and popular, and great for a quick hit of inspiration.


Why Join? Where else can you see this treat: Knowing your character rules and boundaries is essential; here's Chuck Jones' cheat sheet for the Coyote and Roadrunner ?

Popular boards include Write , Writing

Final Thoughts

Joining a writing community is one of the best things you can do to improve your morale and hone your skills. While these communities are completely free, you’ll be amazed at how much value they add to your life.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 2015 and has been updated for accuracy.

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Are you an avid writer who enjoys every aspect of writing? Do you want to extend your connection and join similar-minded people to generate creative ideas along the way? A writing community can be the perfect place!

So, what exactly is a writing community? Why should you join it?

In this article, we will list the five best writing communities for you to join and the reasons.

What is a Writing Community?

A writing community comprises a group of individuals sharing a common passion for writing. They all come together to form a community that aims to support, encourage and collaborate with each other in their writing journey.

Writing communities can be online and offline, providing a platform for writers to connect, share their work, and receive feedback.

It is also a place to exchange ideas and engage in discussions related to writing.

There are a number of writing communities to be found on social media, online forums and writing websites, and local writing groups.

The writing group is helpful for writers publishing a book, writing a blog, or to the best essay writing website providing essays that ace.

Being a part of such a community will help you further enhance your writing abilities and gain valuable experience.

Why Should You Join the Writing Community?

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Whether you’re a writer, a publisher, a reader from legit paper writing services , the writing community has a lot to offer.

As a writer or someone who enjoys writing, the writing forum could offer you various benefits like:

  • Feedback and Critique: You could present your writing to fellow writers who are skilled and experienced. This way, you can receive feedback and critique that will further help you enhance your writing abilities and develop a better one.
  • Support and Encouragement: Writing can be monotonous and sometimes requires a push. Joining a writing community could be that push. Here, writers come along to support and encourage each other. You could be highly supported in writing, developing a storyline, publishing your writing, and such.
  • Networking and Collaboration: As a writer, networking is a skill you’ll require occasionally. Once you’ve written your book or a blog, you’ll need a publisher willing to publish it. The writing community comprises writers, publishers, and sellers eager for the best writing. So, a writing community can be a perfect place to network and collaborate with fellow members.
  • Learning Opportunities: Such a community comprises many individuals with unique ideas, perspectives, and thoughts. It could be a perfect place for you to learn about various things.
  • Accountability: Joining a writing community could help you achieve your goals. Some peers will support you, encourage you along the way, and keep you accountable.
  • Inspiration: As a writer, sometimes the key missing factor for your writing could be inspiration. The community could help you understand and build up your inspiration for writing.

These were just a few of the many benefits of joining the writing community.

5 Best Writing Communities to Join

As we mentioned earlier, writing communities could be both online and offline!

Composing the factor, we have decided only to list the online community. While offline communities might offer many more advantages, it’s restricted to a geographical area. Writers worldwide cannot join such communities due to various restrictions.

On the contrary, online writing communities offer a suitable environment for all writers to come to a place and enjoy the process.

Let’s view the top 5 writing communities and why you should join them!

1.   Wattpad

Wattpad is one of the most popular and favored online storytelling platforms. For writers worldwide, this is a perfect community with 90 million members.

It allows you to publish chapters of your unfinished work to grow a fanbase.

Wattpad is also a go-to place for publishers searching for new talents in storytelling .

All the members of Wattpad are encouraged to comment and leave feedback that could be helpful for the writers. Further, it has a number of contests and challenges to provide a sense of achievement to its writers.

It is a perfect creative writing forum where writers can get recognition for creative writing.

2.   Scribophile

Scribophile is the perfect place for emerging writers to receive some authentic, constructive and professional criticism for their work!

It comprises an individual who provides honest reviews and suggestions that could help you advance your career and grow your audience base through your writing.

We think it is a perfect community to join before publishing your work! It is because the Scribophile writing community members critique each other.

The community works in a way where each user gets points when they critique someone’s work. This helps you come up with tons of improvements and suggestions. The idea they provide resonates with the idea of the readers, and you can mold the writing accordingly.

Further, it also offers contests and provides prizes to those who win.


Established in 2000, is one of the oldest online writing support groups for writers. It has the most significant number of users.

The community is built up with a long-established creative atmosphere for writers.

As you expect, the community offers hundreds of tools along with opportunities for writers. Being this many years old, the community has some unique and raw individuals that never make it old. has around 100 new users signing up daily.

It has a peer-to-peer review section, and forums that foster a degree of interaction between the writers, providing them with reviews and suggestions.

The community has over twenty types of elements that writers can create, share and use to improve their member’s writing.

4.   The Next Big Writer

The Next Big Writer is an international forum that allows writers to receive feedback on their writing.

The community supports writers in every part of their process, whether writing, drafting, publishing, or marketing.

The writers can receive critiques from published authors who have experience in writing and offer suggestions that could help them further enhance their writing.

It is also a place for you to learn about various other writings and provide feedback that could help them.

This online writing community is a perfect place for writers seeking in-depth critiques from an international audience.

A certain cost is associated with the membership when you sign up to join the community.

5.   Absolute Write Water Cooler

If you are searching for an online writing community with fellow writers, editors, and publishing professionals, Absolute Write Water Cooler is the perfect community.

You can easily sign up for the community by inserting any fiction, non-fiction, story, poem, or other writing. It offers a wide range of writer support groups, so it can’t get any better.

The community also has a section where writers can promote their books, provide options for submission, and work for hire.

It is a place where like-minded people serve the purpose of writing through various resources.

And the best part is that the community is extended to various forms of writing, such as screenwriting, blogs, songwriting, and even greeting cards.

Further, it also helps you enhance your writing abilities by providing various tools such as writing exercises and prompts. It could help writers start their writing journey .

Wrapping Up

This is our collection of the top 5 best writing groups online. For each of these communities, we mentioned their features and benefits.

In this article, we learned what the writing community is, why you should join it, and our top 5 listicles.

We searched tons and tons of writing communities to come up with our top 5. Each of them excels in terms of their service, wide audience availability, and a platform to learn and grow.

If you’re a writer searching for a community to learn and enhance your skill, these five communities could suit you.

Further, there are many other online writing communities.

Before signing up for any community, view their features, benefits, and associated pricing.

What do you think of these online writing communities? Are you a member of any of these communities? Think we are missing out on our list? Do let us know!

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If you’ve ever wanted to become a writer, now is the time. The writing sector is expected to grow a whopping  9% in the next decade !

But writing comes with its own set of challenges. Writers need fresh ideas, excellent grammar skills, and a way with words. Sometimes, the dreaded writer’s block hits, and inspiration refuses to strike.

And that’s where online writing communities come in! If you dream of becoming a writer, consider joining one of the many valuable online writing groups and forums for authors.

Below, we’ve rated our best picks in various categories. So, whether you’re an amateur or professional, sci-fi writer or romance novelist, we’ve got the best writing websites for you to join.

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Science Fiction Lovers: Chronicles

With over 20,000 members and a very active forum, the  Chronicles writing community is an immense space for sci-fi lovers. Registration is always free, and the members are very welcoming!

The site features a massive forum that regularly posts writing challenges and contests. Movie, book, and art discussions often pop up as well. And when you want to be a reader rather than an author, you can check out the book review page.

Chronicles provide helpful guides focused on publishing, grammar, and critiques. So whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a pro who needs a little push, you’ll find what you need here.

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Romantic Storytellers: Wattpad

Wattpad is one of the best writers communities online. At over 15 years old, it has more than 300,000 writers from around the world and is available in 50 languages. This sizable community accepts any genre of storytelling, but romance is at its core.

Known for its notoriously relaxed moderators, Wattpad is full of romance stories of all kinds. Historical, aliens, horror – whatever your niche, Wattpad has it.

The community also provides access to writing resources, forums, and contests. Wattpad Books, the in-house publishing division, often selects writers for book deals. There are even opportunities for tv and movie contracts!

Poets and Short Story Writers: Fictionaut

While it’s not strictly for poets, a good chunk of  Fictionaut revolves around poetry. Short stories and other creative writing are also popular on this poetry and writing club website.

Fictionaut is a small writers community, with only around 5,000 members, but it’s very active. The layout is simple: a forum, groups, and user profiles. Anyone can join and publish their writing, free of charge.

No contests, publishing deals, or resources here. Just a lot of heartfelt, funny, real stories. If you  enjoy various types of journaling  in your spare time, you might feel like you’re reading a private journal as you browse. Exhilarating, but familiar!

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Fantasy Fans: Mythic Scribes

Fantasy writing can be one of those cliquey writing clubs that’s impossible to break into. But  Mythic Scribes  makes it simple to join a community of like-minded people .

The site features a very active forum that includes general discussion, publishing, and fantasy worlds. But the most valuable aspect of Mythic Scribes is the portfolio section. Members can create online portfolios for potential agents, employers, and fans to see.

As a writer, having  a well-built portfolio  is essential to your success. The portfolio section takes all the guesswork out of building a website, giving you the tools to succeed.

Aspiring Screenwriters: Talentville

Do you have Hollywood dreams? Aspiring screenwriters need to join Talentville , a community focused on scripts and stories. It boasts over 11,000 incredibly active members.

You can upload one drama, sitcom, or screenplay script for free. You’ll receive feedback from members and get access to all the forums and groups. But there are upgraded memberships if you want to upload extra scripts.

Memberships cost $39 and $99 a year, depending on the tier you choose. But regardless of which option you land on, you will have access to that critical reader base to review your script.

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Horror Fanatics: Critters Writers Workshop

Stephen King lovers, rejoice!  Critters Writers Workshop  is here to produce the next generation of horror writers. This legendary, 25-year old writing community welcomes all horror lovers, new or old.

They offer online workshops on all topics related to writing horror. The workshops feature member critiques and feedback on your submitted manuscripts. The downside is that there are no forums or discussion groups available.

But if you’re serious about publishing the next great horror novel, Critters is a valuable resource. Use their free workshops, feedbacks, and publishing lists to your advantage!

Female Writers: She Writes

She Writes  is a publishing platform for women writing in any genre. Besides publishing, the site also offers marketing, editing, and promotion services.

One of the only online writing groups for women, it maintains over 34,000 members! The site is packed with helpful guides and tips, interviews with writers, and personal stories. You can also join one of the 500 groups to connect with like-minded women.

She Writes Press, an independent publisher, can help get your story out into the world! With a $35 submission fee, you can send in your manuscript for consideration.

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Teens and Young Adults: Young Writers Society

For teens looking to break into the writing world, the  Young Writers Society  is a good place to start. As one of the most prominent youth writing groups online, everyone can find their place here!

From poetry to short stories to novels, you can post any type and genre of writing you want. Members can review others’ work and join clubs and forums. A unique roleplay forum allows writers to work on character development.

Moderators do an excellent job of mentoring young writers and keeping the site clean. Membership is free and open to anyone!

The Adventurous: NaNoWriMo

If you’re looking for a challenge and some adventure, you need to join NaNoWriMo.  National Novel Writing Month  is a crazy concept where you set out to write a whole novel in one month.

Although that’s the basis of the project, members can also work at their own pace. The website is excellent at motivating and keeping writers on track. It helps them set and achieve milestones, track progress, and connect with other writers.

Are you in the middle of your novel and just stumbled upon writer’s block? This might be the push you need! Membership is free for everyone, and they also have a Young Writers Program.

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For Help and Advice: Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The name says it all. Every writer has moments of doubt and insecurity, and no one is exempt from feeling not good enough. The  Insecure Writer’s Support Group  is a safe place to air your thoughts.

Members can post about their struggles and receive advice, feedback, and encouragement. The website also offers a vast amount of free writing resources to get you back on track.

For some real-time discussion, join the Facebook group and connect with almost 5,000 members. Chances are they’ll understand your struggles and help you find some creative solutions !

For Feedback: Critique Circle

Feedback is a critical step in the writing process. You might think you have the greatest novel on Earth, but if people can’t connect with it, it’s not going to sell.

The  Critique Circle  deals exclusively with providing this valuable service. Every genre, style, and format is welcome, and the whole thing works on a reciprocity system. Get critiqued and critique right back!

There’s no membership fee, but you can pay for the premium access, which gives you some perks. The website has been up and running since 2003, with almost one million critiques in their books!

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Best Overall: Scribophile

In the best writing website overall category is Scribophile, an extensive community that really has everything! This huge digital space contains:

  • Approximately 160,000 writing forum threads
  • Over 5 million posts
  • More than 240,000 submitted works
  • Almost 1.5 million critiques

Joining Scribophile  gives you access to an audience, feedback, and publishing information. The friendly writing community and active forums are a big bonus!

The community is consistently voted one of the best writing websites. It was also chosen as the Top Critique Circle in 2020, according to Reedsy. And if earning money is one of your goals of being an author, Scribophile holds cash writing contests!

Benefits of Joining a Writers Community

Now that we covered the best communities for every type of writer, let’s take a quick look at the benefits of joining. When you become part of one or more online writing groups, you often get:

  • Access to contests and challenges
  • Encouragement and advice from members
  • An audience or beta readers
  • A library of writing resources and guides
  • Opportunities for workshops and classes
  • A place to post your work for the public
  • Free promotion and marketing for your writing

People often say that writing is a solitary job, but it actually takes a village. Without the feedback, motivation, and help of a community, it can be tough to reach your goals.

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Online Writing Communities to Help You Grow!

Romance, horror, and poetry – there are online writing communities for everyone, no matter your writing level, style, genre, or tribe! There are even inclusive writers forums that welcome every genre, for those with a varied taste.

Finding the right community is essential to success in every aspect of your life.

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