This week's site isn't a blog. It's a forum. Now, if you've been around here since the beginning (or if you were really bored and went back to the first posts here), you know I've tried forums before. The last time was sufficiently messy as to make me swear off ever joining one again. Until Kristen Painter pointed me toward Romance Divas Forum.
I've only been hanging around there a month, but I'm glad I took Kristen's advice. A nicer group of people you'll be hard pressed to find in a writing community. They look out for one another, they respect each other's opinions, they listen to each other's advice, and - a biggie for me - they don't flame each other.
Thanks to them, I'm have a schedule again and I'm sticking to it. It was just the kick in the pants I needed. Hell, prior to Tuesday night, I would've spent my scheduled writing time watching NCIS reruns, or reading, or watching Hot Pursuit on TruTV. Instead I got my butt in the chair, and I wrote. So far this month I've written 5088 words - on track to reach my goal of 50K in April. And starting today, I'll be editing Nano.
I haven't yet been able to give much back to this community. You can't participate in critiquing until after you reach your 100th post, but I'll be there soon (I'm a slow participater) and I'll be putting as much effort as I can spare into helping my fellow Divas. Until then, I comment where I think my thoughts are worthwhile, and I hope I can provide a little something in that way.
Feels good to be part of a community again.
So anyway, if you're looking for a place to hang out with a bunch of other writers (and you don't really need to be writing strictly romance either), then hop on by and sign up to become a Romance Diva - or a Diva Dude, if the gender calls for it. As long as you put in as much as you gain, I'm sure you won't regret it.