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I don't mean writer's circles, or "auditioning sites", although some of these have forums tacked on as a by the by. Usually places to talk about the beardy philosophy of writing are moribund places as many writers are just not joiners.

Does anyone know of a healthy writer's community that talks about the imponderables of writing and does polls etc. I am particularly interested in one for writers of genre fiction and ones with a particular bent towards storytelling and experimentation in that field but I'm sure that writers.se's lit fic authors and technical writers could benefit from knowing if there are communities for them too.

(Incidentally I know also about Nanowrimo. I find many of the healthy discussion among Nano participants is all about getting that 50k done, not my issue I can get stuff done, I mean something like experimental role playing forum "The Forge" but for storytellers.)

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@neilfein: Nice. But that kind of is experimental writing as opposed to being about experimental writing. But interesting stuff! – One Monkey Jan 4 '11 at 16:15
Have you thought about an in-person local writers' group? – justkt Jan 4 '11 at 20:41
@justkt: I've joined many writers' groups over the years and they are always critique circles. I'm talking about an online place like this that deals with polls, discussions, broad subjectivity etc. – One Monkey Jan 5 '11 at 10:16
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NaNoWriMo forums are pretty good. They're generally fairly slow during the off-season though. Their IRC chatroom, however, is always busy year round. I hang out there quite often an it's a great place to chat with other writers.


Writer's Digest forums are also supposedly fairly good, but I've never tried them.


There are tons of good groups for writers on Goodreads. They're a generic one I'd recommned - On Fiction Writing. There are also groups for every genre and a lot of them have specific areas for writers to talk with each other and interact with readers.


The Young Writer's Society is also a pretty good place for 21 and under. There are places to chat and discuss with other writers and there are also places to post poetry/shorts/novels for critique and feedback.


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I wish I was 21 and under... but I shall check out the others. – One Monkey Jan 4 '11 at 16:15
excellent post Ralph, I took the liberty of adding links to these forums! – Jeff Atwood Jan 4 '11 at 20:52

AbsoluteWrite is another forum that looks interesting. There are sub-forums for different interest areas, publishing, genres, etc.

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AbsoluteWrite is an excellent resource. – JSBձոգչ Jan 5 '11 at 0:00
+1 This looks like an excellent forum. – One Monkey Jan 6 '11 at 11:29

Forward Motion is a community with lots of forums for discussions about business and craft (and other things), writing challenges/exercises/marathons, posting goals or submissions and rejections to cheer on other writers, chat rooms, critiques, articles... You can participate in any or all.

It's free and is open to any genre of fiction, though my impression is that most people there are genre writers (SF, fantasy, romance, mystery). It was founded in 1998 and is still going strong.

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