I believe that as writers we are forgetting the greatest resource at our fingertips: us. Writing is a solitary profession so the more outgoing of the bunch tend to branch out and lend a hand to other writers.
The camaraderie in most writing groups is fantastic (at least the ones that I’ve been to). There is a buzz of creativity in the air. We trade stories, ideas, and pastries. We talk nonstop about our characters like they are our family. We talk about writing topics and our favorite authors.
We ask questions and we answer them. When you are in need, your writers’ group will rescue you…or at least they will try.
If you can’t get together with a writers’ group for whatever reason (crazy schedule, social anxiety disorder, anything), then you might benefit from an online writing forum. There, you can discuss the issue with fellow writers and talk about other genre-specific or general writing topics. Try “The Writing Forums” on for size. Or, hey! What about us!
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If you need help with any kind of writing topic, E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll answer your question to the best of our abilities. I’ll e-mail you back or (with your permission, of course), we’ll post it on the site to help others. Because (as you probably heard in high school) if you’re asking that question chances are, other people are asking it as well.
So reach out to your local writing community (or reach out to us). We are a delightful bunch. And we usually bring coffee. Or pastries.