Sunday, 24 July 2011

Writer's Forums

One of the reasons I started this blog was because I was doing something similar but in a word document. A sort of diary of my writing, with other bits seeping in. I'm a private person (in real life) so it was a way of talking about my book and any problems I was having without really talking about my book. Nobody saw it but I could still voice my dilemas and fears.

I'm sure it was bordering on mental illness, waffling away to myself but it seemed to work.

I then started looking at forums so I could talk to other writers going through a similar process. I used to belong to a forum a few years ago and we had a laugh while sharing our experiences. I remember one game we had where we would describe one of our characters and the others had to guess their name. I don't think it ever worked; nobody 'guessed' the name without major clues (It begins with S and rhymes with rot). But it was fun and lighthearted.

So why is it every time I wander into a forum it's so serious and all about the art of the written word? My non-writer friends don't understand me, blah blah blah. I want somewhere fun and light where of course you can discuss the serious stuff too. Maybe I'm being too demanding. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places or googling the wrong words. If anyone knows of a fantastic forum as described, please do point me in the right direction.

I would be most appreciative,

Mama J

5 comments:

  1. I figured out how to leave a comment (Surprise, surprise, it was user error!)
    Anyway...
    Why not start your own? Why not start one right now? I'll join you! We can talk seriously or just have a bit of witty banter. I, too, am a very private person but would welcome the opportunity to discuss what I'm thinking and writing with someone who can give me honest feedback. Writing doesn't have to be a solitary activity. Let me know!

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  2. I haven't a clue how to set up a forum - mind you I didn't have a clue how to set up a blog until a few weeks ago either!

    We should look into it (starting tomorrow - it's already 9:15pm and I haven't even opened my word document yet).

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  3. I checked out the chicklitters.freeforum.org (I actually like the name, by the way! It makes me grin.) I'm game for this, but have to be honest when I say the format of the forum is really confusing to me. Perhaps it will get easier as we go, but right now I am at a loss as to how to do anything on the page.
    Despite that, I am excited at the prospect!

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  4. Ok, the name stays. I can always look at other forums to see if there is a clearer one.

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  5. I have made another forum, which has a much simpler look:

    http://chicklitters.lefora.com/

    Let me know what you think.

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