Being a writer is a dream come true. It’s also very time-consuming in a number of ways. While the writing portion of our lifestyle is a solitary adventure, it is often extremely helpful to have other like-minded individuals to bounce ideas and frustrations off of. The best way to do this is to find writing groups online to join.
As stated in my previous post, there’s a ton of information out there for new and existing Writers to wade through. There are also a boat-load of groups to join on the internet. Because of this, there is a very real potential for us to fall into what I call The Bog.
So what is The Bog? This is that place where you sit down to write and find yourself spending six hours or more each day actually sloshing through all of the blogs, emails, and discussions generated from having joined a massive amount of different groups.
How do we skirt around this trap and not fall in face first? Well, I’ve chosen to limit the groups that I’ve joined. If I find that one I’m a member of is not very helpful, I leave that group and either find another one or just let that “spot” go altogether. A few places that I’ve used to find groups are Linked In and Writing.com.
The other thing I do is only visit certain groups on certain days, and for only a maximum of two hours. The rest of the time, I do what I’m supposed to do: Write and Research. After all, these stories are not going to write themselves.
Take the time to research and find a few good groups to join, then limit the amount of time you spend focused on them. While it’s really great to say you’re a writer and have other people believe in you, at some point you actually have to produce the writing. You can’t do that if you have fallen into The Bog.
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