23 Facebook Groups for Writers You Don’t Want to Miss

Whether you’re a freelancer, a blogger, a fiction writer or anything in between, we could all use a little company on the sometimes lonely road known as the writing life.

Maybe you just got your first offer to ghostwrite a book and have no idea what to charge. Maybe your characters refuse to do what you want them to do (isn’t that just like them?), and you could use someone to commiserate with. Maybe it’s after midnight and you’re still up trying to wrestle the words into submission, and you find yourself searching for “writing groups near me” just to find a few writer friends.

Whatever the reason, online writing groups can be a fantastic way for writers to connect, trade advice, swap war stories and find new opportunities. Knowing there are other people out there who “get” what it’s like to be a writer can be a huge comfort, and the chance to share experience and tips with people on all stages of the writing journey is invaluable.

These online writing groups are supportive and helpful

We polled writers to find out which online writing groups they personally could not live without — and many of them relied heavily on Facebook groups.

So here are some of the best Facebook groups for writers.

1. The Write Life Community

Before we dig in deep about what’s out there…we hope you’ve joined The Write Life Facebook group! Writers of all experience levels share their struggles and wins, ask each other questions, and generally support and encourage one another. Recent topics of discussion include how to beat procrastination and the best ways to find remote writing opportunities.

Size: 20,900 members (as of mid-2019)

2. The Freelance Content Marketing Writer

Created by Jennifer Goforth Gregory, who has a book by the same name as the group, this space is for writers who work in content marketing. Most have a background in digital marketing, journalism or freelance writing, and they discuss topics like how much to charge for specific services, where to look for a virtual assistant, an alternatives to getting paid with PayPal.

Size: 3,170 members (as of mid-2019)

3. Writers Helping Writers

Whether you’re a newbie looking for advice or an established pro who’d like to pay it forward, this community is a great place to support and learn from other writers, as well as editors, publishers, agents and more. Recent posts include writers asking for feedback on cover designs, sharing motivational quotes and comics about writing, and sharing writing wins.

Size: 173,960 members (as of mid-2019)

4. What’s Your Plan B?

This group is for journalists who have left the industry, are preparing to leave the industry, or fear they might be forced into leaving the industry… and what they’ve gone on to do with their careers. It’s full of ideas from writers who have used their skills to make an income in new ways, and requests from journalists who are struggling with the change. It’s a supportive space!

Size: 14,050 members (as of mid-2019)

5. Smart Passive Income Kindle Group

Ever wanted to write a Kindle book or wondered how the process works? Join this group to get a behind-the-scenes look at popular blogger Pat Flynn’s own journey to publish a Kindle book from start to finish. In addition to watching Pat’s journey, readers have a chance to ask questions, share their own advice and experiences and get feedback on similar projects they’re working on.

Size: 17,850 members (as of mid-2019)

6. Inner Circle Writers Group

Created by Grant Hudson of independent publisher Clarendon House Publications, this group is for new and established writers who are interested in the craft and practice of writing. Many of the posts are writers cheering each other on as submissions are accepted and published, so if that’s something you’re working toward, you’ll be in good company here.

Size: 4,670 members (as of mid-2019)

7. Ask a Book Editor

This group is all about asking questions you have about the writing process and getting answers from editors. Admins prefer participants ask specific questions, rather than posting excerpts and asking for feedback. This is a great place to lurk and learn even if you don’t have a reason to participate! There’s also a Help Wanted section for writers looking to hire an editor.

Size: 2,960 members (as of mid-2019)

8. 10-Minute Novelists

For novelists looking to improve their craft, especially those who are crunched for time to write. As one member told us, “10-Minute Novelists is my all time favorite…the group is so supportive, the admins are very active in discussions and post regularly…It’s helped me so much!” Look for inspiring features like Tuesday “Buddy Days” (when you can find critique partners and beta readers) and Wednesday #AuthorHappiness chats (where members celebrate their weekly successes).

Size: 13,640 members (as of mid-2019)

9. Beta Readers and Critique Partners

If you’re willing to become a beta reader or critique partner, or you want to find one for your work, this is the place to connect with other writers. You’ll see calls for reads of poetry, action, drama, historical fiction, personal essays, non-fiction…pretty much every type of writing.

Size: 6,810 members (as of mid-2019)

10. Word Nerds Unite

Run by Gabriela Pereira at DIY MFA, a do-it-yourself alternative to a master’s in writing, this group focuses on all things writing. Recent topics have included how to beat writer’s block, call-outs for beta readers, and grammar questions. Pereira herself interacts regularly, sharing Word Nerd Wins and hosting weekend writing sprints, which she says are like virtual writing retreats. This is a fun and motivated crowd!

Size: 5,520 members (as of mid-2019)

11. Calls for Submissions

This group collects submission calls for poetry, fiction and art and presents them all in one easy-to-follow place. If you’re looking for publication opportunities, it’s worth checking out.

Size: 58,080

12. Create Your Nomadtopia

If you’re taking your leap into the writing life one step further and considering a location-independent lifestyle (one of the many perks of being a freelance writer), this group is a great resource for learning more about it. You’ll find advice and ideas and get support from those who are also living their own nomadtopias. It was created by location-independent Amy Scott, whose website goes by the same name as this Facebook group.

Size: 4,500 members (as of mid-2019)

13. Indie Author Group

This group of indie authors and self-publishers focuses mainly on fiction. It’s a great place to get advice, air your grievances and discover new authors.

Size: 12,060 members (as of mid-2019)

14. Indie Writers Unite!

Open to indie writers of all kinds, this group allows self-promotion only in admin-created threads, and has a fair but firm panel of moderators who keep spammers and trolls at bay.

Size: 7,350 members (as of mid-2019)

15. We Blog…A Blogging Community

Founded by blogger Edwin Covarrubias, this is a place for bloggers to connect and share ideas. You’ll also find opportunities to promote your blog if you’re a new blogger looking to find readers.

Size: 4,780 members (as of mid-2019)

16. Blogging Boost

Another group chock full of advice, resources and support for bloggers, this group limits self-promotion to Mondays only, which helps save your feed from over-saturation.

Size: 23,810 members (as of mid-2019)

17. Write On! Online

An extension of a live group that started at a Barnes & Noble in California in 2002, this “writer’s support group” aims at helping writers set goals, troubleshoot and network. It’s hosted by hosted by Debra Eckerling of The D*E*B Method. As one member told us, “They have a supportive environment…to provide that much needed ‘kick in the pants’ without the guilt.”

Size: 1,640 members (as of mid-2019)

18. Fiction Writers Group

Whether you’re a traditional, self-published or indie author, this group is a great resource for information, support or simply “a kick in the butt to get you going,” as one member told us. Self-promotion is not allowed, but you are able to post an excerpt from your current project for critique by other members. The group also publishes three anthologies a year.

Size: 9,670 (as of mid-2019)

19. Writers Write

If you’re looking for less of a participatory experience and more of a compendium of all things writing, this group is a fun news source of recent doings in the writing world. Notable recent posts include reaction to Bob Dylan’s nomination for (and subsequent radio silence towards) the Nobel Prize for Literature and Kanye West penning a poem on McDonald’s french fries for Frank Ocean’s new art mag. Dare we say it’s a great way to kill a little “writer’s block” time?

Size: 9,900 members (as of mid-2019)

20. Writers World

As one of the phrases on this group’s logo image indicates, you need “lizard skin” to be an active member in this critique-only group. You’ll find no pep talks or ego-fluffing here, simply polite, but pull-no-punches assessments of any pieces members offer up for critique. (One of the admins has edited for Disney and NBC, if you wonder how useful those critiques are.) If you want to get serious about your work, and you can handle bold honesty, this group can help you hone your skills.

Size: 5,430 members (as of mid-2019)

21. NaNo Land

Have you ever participated in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo)? This group, formerly known as NaNoWriMo Participants, can help you through the challenge by offering support, tips and empathy as you type, type, type your way to 50,000 words in 30 days.

Size: 23,930 members (as of mid-2019)

22. Women Writers, Women’s Books

Ladies, this one’s for you. Connect with women writers of all genres and experience levels, from indie scribes to traditionally published and self-published authors. Member Suzanne Brazil said of the group, “They have an active Twitter presence, publish helpful essays, support each other’s blogs and author pages and are generally just a great place for technical questions, writing advice, and encouragement! Can’t recommend them highly enough.”

Size: 16,070 members (as of mid-2019)

23. The Aspiring Travel Writer

Run by blogger and podcaster Alexa Williams Meisler of Break Into Travel Writing, this group’s goal is to provide “a place to connect with others interested in breaking into travel blogging or taking your travel writing to a higher level.” Self-promotion is limited to “Friday Free for Alls” to allow members to focus more on supporting and learning from each other.

Size: 7,180 members (as of mid-2019)

Want more Facebook groups for writers to choose from? Writer Elna Cain offers more ideas here.

We updated this post in 2019 so it’s more useful and relevant for our readers! It was originally written by Kelly Gurnett and updated by The Write Life team. 

Photo via sitthiphong/ Shutterstock 

The post 23 Facebook Groups for Writers You Don’t Want to Miss appeared first on The Write Life.

Is Grammarly Worth It? A Writer Reviews This Popular Editing Tool

How do you write faster with fewer errors?

No matter how long you’ve bonded with your keyboard, it’s almost impossible to avoid errors, typos and grammatical mistakes. 

While working with an editor is usually the best option, it’s not always in the budget. And even if you have an editor to review your work, it’s a good idea to ensure your copy is clean before you submit it to that person.

So what about using an editing tool like Grammarly? Whether you’re a blogger, content marketer, author or student, using a grammar checker can help you avoid embarrassing typos and improve your work. 

What is Grammarly?

Grammarly is an AI-powered product that checks online grammar, spelling and plagiarism. 

While our writers have tried a number of the best grammar checker tools, Grammarly is different because of its ability to check subject-verb agreement, article and modifier placement, punctuation and irregular verb conjugations. As an added bonus, it helps you improve your writing by offering synonym suggestions. 

Creating a Grammarly account is free. A free account includes basic grammar and spelling checks. When you upgrade to Premium, you get access to advanced grammar checks, vocabulary suggestions, a plagiarism detector and style checks ⁠— which we’ll discuss in-depth in this review. 

Here’s an overview of what’s included in the free version vs. Grammarly premium:

A side-by-side comparison of Grammarly's free and premium account options.

A premium plan costs $29.95 per month, but the price per month can go as low as $11.66 if you opt for an annual plan of $139.95. 

Although the company used to offer a free trial, that’s no longer an option. If that’s something you’re interested in, we recommend downloading the free version of Grammarly.

Is Grammarly Premium worth it?

There are lots of free online proofreaders and spell checkers. Microsoft Word and Apple’s Pages can even detect grammatical errors, so is Grammarly worth the bang for your buck? 

We tried out a premium membership, and here’s where we found the tool to be most helpful.

Polish your writing and eliminate grammar and spelling errors

There are a lot of ways to edit text based on context, tone or purpose ⁠— and Grammarly delivers on all fronts. Once a document is scanned by the AI assistant, suggestions are organized based on spelling, grammar, punctuation and clarity. 

Spell check

Like most word processors, Grammarly identifies spelling mistakes in your document. If the word it spots isn’t an error, just add it to your personal dictionary. 

Grammar

View mistakes on your articles by clicking on text with a yellow or red underline. You’ll see errors on subject-verb agreement, suggested corrections and the rationale behind those suggestions. Incomplete sentences and rewrites are highlighted in yellow. Here’s what that looks like:

An example of Grammarly showing grammar mistakes

How does the tool help you rewrite a sentence? Grammarly’s suggestion includes examples and sample rewrites: 

A screenshot of Grammarly’s suggestion includes examples and sample rewrites

I personally think their grammar suggestions are useful, especially for students and professionals who want to improve their writing. It’s often hard to pinpoint grammatical errors and why they’re a mistake in the first place, so I appreciate that once you download Grammarly, it provides detailed explanations.  

Punctuation

We know most sentences end with a period, so when do you add commas, em dashes or colons? Not only can Grammarly suggest punctuation, it also detects inconsistencies like different styles of apostrophes or quotation marks. And it comes with an “update all” option so the entire document uses a consistent style.

Here’s an example:

A screenshot of Grammarly's punctuation suggestions.

Vocabulary 

Have a tendency to use certain words again and again? Grammarly underlines those commonly used words and suggests specific synonyms to improve your work.

Grammarly makes suggestions based on variety, clarity, conciseness, consistency and so much more. Most online editing tools don’t go so far as to explain the rationale behind the mistake, so that’s a Grammarly feature I really appreciate. If you’re an aspiring grammar aficionado, this tool will help you learn! 

Plagiarism checker

Ever received a guest post for your blog? How do you make sure some parts weren’t plagiarized? 

Grammarly’s plagiarism checker scans the article and determines whether the text has a match with any page on the web. It also underlines the plagiarized text and determines its original source, so you can make sure you’re in the clear.

Here’s what the plagiarism checker looks like: 

A screenshot of Grammarly's plagiarism checker

Grammarly Chrome Extension

Marketers who often send email or create social media posts will be happy to know that Grammarly has a Chrome extension. Grammarly for Chrome is pretty brilliant — it lets you use the tool while writing emails and crafting social media posts. 

You can download it for free from the Chrome web store

A screenshot of Grammarly for Chrome

When you click the icon, a pop-up window comes to life on the screen. Here, you can view the performance, set goals and check grammar on the popup without heading back to the Grammarly website.

A screenshot of Grammarly within WordPress

I love that it also works on WordPress and Google Docs. To view the grammar suggestions when you’re within either of those programs, click the Grammarly icon and view the post from the pop-up window. 

A screenshot of Grammarly within WordPress

Set goals for writing 

Here’s a feature that sets Grammarly apart from other grammar checkers: it suggests edits based on your content’s goals and audience. 

Before you start writing an article, you can specify whether you’ll target general or expert readers. Choose the level of formality, and the editor can accommodate slang for informal pieces. You can even select multiple options to describe the post’s tone, domain and intent. 

Here’s what it looks like in Grammarly Premium:

A screenshot of how to set goals within Grammarly

Your chosen goals will have a direct impact on your post’s perceived performance. 

For example, if I target a general audience and opt for an informal tone, I’ll get a high performance rating when the text is readable for younger audiences: 

A screenshot of Grammarly's performance rating for a piece of writing

You can see I got a readability score. It prompts me to choose a tone, audience, formality and domain.

But the writing suggestions you get based on these goals are minimal at best.For instance, academic writers could choose an analytical writing style for their thesis. However, Grammarly won’t offer feedback on how you’ve explained your research results. It can’t beat the touch of a human editor. 

Grammarly Review: What I like about Grammarly

I’ve tried several online editors — and I have to say that Grammarly is the best I’ve used so far. 

I love the detailed explanations for grammatical mistakes because it helps me improve my writing in the long run. If I’m not a master of subject-verb agreement? Not sure where I should add commas? Grammarly’s got my back.

I frequently write lifestyle articles for news sites, and it’s a hassle to switch to an online thesaurus to find synonyms of commonly used words. With Grammarly’s suggested synonyms, there’s no need to find a thesaurus, which saves me time and effort.

The plagiarism checker is also useful, especially for online editors. It can be hard to spot bits and pieces of copied text, and this is the perfect solution, without needing to purchase a separate tool for this function.

What could be better about Grammarly?

No tool is perfect. One disadvantage is you can’t paste an image within the text editor. This could be a letdown for writers who create articles that rely on visuals.

You also can’t add hyperlinks to text within the editor. And when you copy and paste text with a hyperlink, the link is removed which is a downside for bloggers who like to place links within the text.

On the bright side, if you’re writing in WordPress, you can view images and make edits.

A screenshot of using Grammarly within WordPress

The goals and performance metrics could also use some improvement. And as I mentioned above, the app doesn’t (yet) make significant changes or suggestions based on the goals you set. 

Also note, Grammarly requires an internet connection to work, so you can’t use it offline. That’s a downside if you’re completing work on a plane or camping in the great outdoors. 

How to use Grammarly: The bottom line

The free version of Grammarly is ideal for checking spelling and basic grammar. 

If you want to get in-depth and detailed suggestions, I recommend downloading the Premium version. The grammatical suggestions it offers can beat most word processors. And it’ll make you feel like your writing was vetted by a professional. 

The bottom line: Grammarly doesn’t replace a human editor. But it does provide useful tips for grammar, punctuation and spelling, and will help you discover bad writing habits, revise faster, and produce better work.

If you want to give it a try, here’s where to download Grammarly

This post contains affiliate links. That means if you purchase through our links, you’re supporting The Write Life — and we thank you for that!

Photo via crazystocker/ Shutterstock 

The post Is Grammarly Worth It? A Writer Reviews This Popular Editing Tool appeared first on The Write Life.