Writers know writing requires a lot of mental stamina and perseverance. We’re constantly trying to find ways to stay motivated and keep the ideas flowing to stave off writer’s block. Those of us who have families and daytime obligations are always looking for places to squeeze in our writing time around hectic schedules.
Sometimes our families understand and respect the boundaries of the office door or a declared writing time, others don’t understand it at all.
Having support of a spouse, friend, partner or children who respect your goals and dreams as much as you do theirs is a huge boost to your writing morale. But where can you turn when you don’t have that? What if everyone around you is telling you to give it up, writing is a silly pipe dream and to grow up already?
Over the holiday break we’ve found a few helpful Facebook groups for writers. These communities are full of other writers from all levels of expertise. But the bottom line is many of them have been where you are now and are willing to share their experiences and advice.
Indie Writers Unite! Cheryl Bradshaw heads up this group of eclectic Indie writers. This community shares their tips for writing and self-publishing, links for new releases and the technical aspects of design and story construction just to name a few topics. With 858 members, you may just find someone close to home to start a local support group of your own.
Paranormal & Dark Fantasy Writers. Karen Dales, a prolific paranormal writer herself, formed this group for (in her own words) “…writers of all level of experience within the Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy and Horror genres can hang out together. Here we can discuss our writings, the books we love/hate, and any and all things related. “
Vampire Fiction. Are you a hard-core vampire fan or writer? Do you believe sparkling vampires are blasphemy? Do you like vampires who still have some bite? Robert Shane Wilson does. Stop by for some discussion on vampire fiction old and new, and find a few good indie vamp authors in the process.
And of course we have our own Bonds of Blood & Spirit page. We’re always happy when guests drop by and join in or start up conversation. This month we’re on a mission to reach 200 fans on the page and if we reach that we’ll raffle off another free digital copy of Loyalties to one lucky fan chosen at random from the members list.
In addition to supporting you in your writing endeavors, we also want to see you shine with your design. If you’ve created your own book cover and would like some professional feedback, check out our new feature on Blue Sun: The Design Critique.