About Writing Squared – My Favorite Writer Forum

About Writing Squared - My Favorite Writer ForumI’ve never been very good with forums. I always like the idea, join, participate for a while and then virtually abandon them. But one new forum has changed all that. It’s called About Writing Squared and it’s run by Lori Widmer and Anne Wayman. It’s the home of the Five Buck Forum because it costs five dollars a month to be a member.

Is it worth it? You bet your booties it is!

Here are three of the things I like most about it.

A Friendly Space for Writers

Let’s start with the feel of it. It is a friendly space where you can interact with experienced writers who are happy to share their knowledge on any issue that troubles you. In the time I’ve been on the forum we have talked about dealing with clients, marketing, top blog lists and a range of other topics. The writers in this forum are generous people who have an opinion on practically everything and aren’t afraid to share it.

Share Your Stuff

Second, there’s a thread specifically for sharing your latest blog posts. At the very least, other members of the forum will visit and they will often comment and share as well. This is not a place to share everything you have ever written but it’s a great place to share the good stuff, especially if it’s related to writing. Often you’ll get a whole other discussion going on on the forum which will help you think about your topic in a new way and may even give you ideas for other blog posts.

Rant or Rave About Writing

Third, we all have those days when we feel frustrated or need to rant. The forum provides a safe place to do that. And it’s also a great place for sharing successes. Lori and Anne also provide members only specials on all their books, monthly conference calls, webinars as well as lists of ย high-paying writing markets (land one gig and you could cover your forum membership for a couple of years) and a weekly tip that will help you to improve your writing business.

I visit the forum almost every day because I know I will find information from fellow freelance writers whom I respect that will be relevant, useful and may even make me smile . It’s simply a great writer hangout. Check it out and see for yourself.

About Sharon Hurley Hall

Sharon Hurley Hall has been mentoring writers here at Get Paid To Write Online since 2005 to help them improve and build sustainable and successful writing careers. Check me out on sharonhh.com. Feel free to connect with me online on Google+.


  1. Just one more way we are so alike, Sharon. ๐Ÿ™‚ As you know (since we both hang out in the Five Buck Forum). I’m not a big forum fan either. But, this one changes that feeling completely.

    And you are so right about the generosity of the members. It’s what I like best about our industry. See you over there, Sharon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Geeze, I’m blushing and squirming with pleasure here… thanks so much! Truly, and it’s a pleasure to have you in the forum…. really.

    (Thanks to Cathy too!)

  3. Wow! This is such a nice surprise! Thanks, Sharon. I really appreciate your kind words. You’ve brought so much to the forum yourself, I’m glad to hear you’re getting something in return!

  4. Sharon, have you checked out fiverr.com or textbroker as a means to get paid for writing? I may be behind the times, but if you haven’t checked these out you should. These are where I buy most of my original content. The writers forum sounds cool

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I’m going to head over there and see how I can join.

  6. I guess a forum will require us to spend a considerable amount of time with the members. A closed ‘specialty’ forum like this one is actually good because there is absolutely no spam and all the readers/ users are genuine. Thanks for introducing this forum to us. Will check it out!

  7. I’m very happy I stumbled upon your site and found this info. It seems like a great resource and as a fledgling freelancer I have so many questions! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing!