Direct me to a disciplinarian, please
February 12, 2012 2:16 PM Subscribe
What is the best online venue to advertise for other writers who want to engage in mutual criticism / editing /support?
posted by crazylegs to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I am an aspiring writer with some ideas and talent and little to no self-discipline. I've realized that, when put in a situation where I'm responsible to someone or something outside of myself, I get things done, but when left to my own devices, I do many crossword puzzles and take too many long hot showers.
I am seeking similarly ambitious but undisciplined writers to engage in mutual coercion. In other words, someone with whom I can exchange advice, criticism, editing and ideas. I'm not interested in a self-help situation in which we tell each other how brilliant we are. I want to find a smart, well-read, tough, unforgiving critic who will tell me when my writing sucks and how to improve it, and I will do the same for him/her. We can also, most importantly, act as an external source of discipline, setting deadlines, goals, etc.
I am interested in completing a novel. I have no (or few) illusions about my chances of getting published / selling / becoming a superstar. I just don't want to become old and realize that I never even tried.
I'm sure there are places online where I can find people who are interested in this but I don't know where to find them. Can you help? If anybody on Metafilter is interested in pursuing this themselves, feel free to contact me. Thanks!