I’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 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.