3 Reasons Every Writer Needs A Writing Community + Announcement


Hey there, friends! Today, I have a special post because of a special announcement...

The Young Writers Workshop is opening registration!!

Registration dates are May 20 to May 28.

I've been a member of this workshop for over two years now. It's been such an incredible experience, and I've grown not only as a writer, but as a person. YDubs (as we like to call it) has become like a second family.

In today's post, I want to dive into TWO big reasons EVERY writer needs a community.

So let's get started!

1. FELLOWSHIP AND ENCOURAGEMENT

Writing isn't like sports where you have a team of people cheering you on, picking you up when you get down, and helping you where you feel stuck.

In fact, writing can often feel like a lonely chore, no matter how much you love it.

Right?

When I first started writing (I don't even remember when that was), I wrote whenever I felt like it. I had a huge burst of inspiration and wrote 50+ short stories when I was twelve, but when those ideas stopped coming, I stopped writing. I only wrote whenever I felt inspired to.

Then I found the Young Writers Workshop, and it has challenged me to write consistently, even when I don't feel like it. Writing has become a habit, and I can put words down on the page even when I don't feel like it.

And let's just say that if I hadn't joined YDubs, you would not be reading this post. I would not have started this blog.

YDubs has encouraged me and challenged me to do more than I would have done without it.

As of this post, here are just a few of my accomplishments in two years. I have:

  1. written and completed two full-length novels (drafts)
  2. started a blog
  3. continued posting every single week on my blog for two years
  4. guest posted on several blogs
  5. been published on The Rebelution thirteen times and counting
  6. started an email list
  7. learned SO much about the writing and publishing process
  8. And more!

I don't tell you all of this to brag; I tell you so you can see how much a young person can accomplish in only two years!

We have five wonderful instructors who are there to cheer you on and guide you. They're willing to answer any of your questions in a special space. Other YDubbers (students) are ready to cheer you on when you post in the Achievements space—or they'll be willing to pray for you and offer encouragement in other spaces.

It really is a fantastic community. Every writer needs people like this to cheer them on.

Fun and friendly competitions encourage you to write, write, write, and submit your writing for editing and edit for others.

Yep, I said "edit," and that's the second big reason I believe every writer needs a community.

2. EDITING

We have a specific space for editing and feedback. In this space, you'll find people submitting their writing for your feedback, and you can submit your writing for their feedback. (You can also ask for alpha and beta readers in a different space.)

I've submitted writing and edited writing in this space, and it has been super helpful both ways. Sometimes it has been hard to receive feedback, but it's always been worth it!

Every writer needs an extra pair of eyes to look over their writing. If your writing feels like trash, don't throw it away! You might not like it, but someone else might be encouraged by it. (I speak from experience.)

Having editors is a GREAT way to grow in your writing and improve your craft!

SO WHAT ABOUT YOU?

If you participated in Crazy Writing Week this past week, you got a taste into what the Young Writers Workshop looks like at a small-scale level.

But the REAL community is even better.

So what about YOU? Are you ready to take your writing to the next level?


Visit THIS PAGE to learn so much more about the Young Writers Workshop!

I hope to see you inside the workshop, friend!


(The Young Writers Workshop isn't the only community for writers out there. Story Embers also has a community. I've not been in their community, so I can't say much about it, but I do know that Story Embers has some great advice for writers! I encourage you to check them out if you haven't already!)
talk to me!
Are you a member of a writing community? Would you like to be? Did you check out YWW and Story Embers?

10 comments:

  1. I'm so with you, Julia! YDubs is incredible, and I can't imagine myself without a writing community to back me up now! :)

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    1. It's been an amazing experience, and it's been really fun getting to know you too, Ryan!

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  2. Awesome post! I've been in y-dubs for a year and half and I can't believe how much I've grown!And we meet a lot of genuine caring people!

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    1. Yes, we do! And you make lots of new friends too!

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  3. Yes, YDubs is AMAZING! I've grown so much as a writer since I joined the workshop over two years ago, and I have made such wonderful friends! :D

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    1. It's so much fun and encouraging! The instructors and students there are super helpful, and yes, you make new friends!

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  4. Thank you for this post, Julia! I have been following Bella Putt's blog and also got to talk with her about YWW. After talking with her and now reading your post, I am very much interested in joining! I have spoken with my parents about it and we are considering me possibly joining this time around! I hope that I can because it sounds so amazing! :)

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    1. Hi, Heaven! YDubs is a great community that has helped me grow a TON in my writing! The community is super encouraging and supportive.
      I hope you can join us! It'll be so fun! We would love to see you there! :D

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  5. What a great post! I totally agree with you ;) YWW has helped me grow so much in my writing!

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