Wednesday, August 4, 2010

GOOD-BYE WRITERS DIGEST COMMUNITY

I am no longer a member of the writers digest community. It is a good site, but it is just not for me. I just visited it a few minutes ago and I simply didn't like how certain writers could just rip other writers work to shreds simply because their personal opinion of what is good or not, differs. Is it really necessary to disrespect someone else because they are different?

As you know I have enough crap in my life and the last thing I need, is being afraid to express my creativity because certain people know everything about everything.

All in all it is a good site if you need advice or want to make new friends. I am thankful, because if it wasn't for writers digest I would never have met Heather Garner. A fellow writer who's blog, http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/ (The waiting is the hardest part) and writing I just adore. And like me, she too struggles to become a professional writer. And thanks to Heather's blog I also met Leah Renee, http://leahonveggies.blogspot.com/ (Writing on veggies), another writer who is also very talented. Two very cool ladies I might add.

I recommend the writers digest site to anyone who wants to be part of a writing community or socially interact with other writers. Personally, I will just stick to my blog. It's not very popular, but it allows me to write, which is all I care about right now.

6 comments :

  1. Well thank you. I appreciate that. I also left the Writer's Digest Community Forum. I got tired of the drama. If they were all such experts what were they doing hanging out on that forum all day long trashing everyone?
    As you know I had my own squabble on there and I just didn't want to continue listening to them love themselves so much.
    I joined a blog hop the other day. Not as scary as it sounds. It did lead me to a few new interesting blogs to read and I gained a few followers.
    Nothing wrong with networking.
    Keep up the great work!

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  2. I agree, way too much drama and too many people who want to know everything about everything.

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  3. I stumbled across your posting when I was trying to find reviews of the Writer's Digest Community. The reason I was doing THAT was because I have experienced a lot of bickering and biting back from some newer people and the monitoring of the forums is fairly poor, especially for this one particular section.

    I'm considering leaving it too although I haven't used it heavily for critiques.

    Good to know I"m not the only one out there.

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  4. Hi Nicole, it is very nice to meet you. Thank you for following my blog.

    The bickering and nastiness is why I left. I can't stand how some writers just like ripping others apart. But I find that the fellow writers in the blogging community are awesome and very supportive. Plus we all get along so much better in the blogging world.

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  5. Hello Murees,
    I’m so glad that I stumbled across your blog. I submitted a story to the Writer’s Digest Community a few months ago. I wasn’t prepared for some of the comments. They really bothered me. Someone even posted “Ha-Ha, try again.” I immediately deleted my short story, and decided to be a silent member—look but don’t write anything. I was shocked to see so much hatred amongst some(not all) of the members. I understand that if you are going to put something you have created (writing) out into the world, you have to have thick skin—which I thought I had, but reading your article made me realize that I wasn’t alone in the way I was feeling. I can laugh, now that time has gone by, about the comments I received about my short story. For example, the women that posted, “Ha-Ha, try again”…I’ve taken her advice. I will continue to work on my craft. Thanks for the article.

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  6. Nicole - That is why I rather prefer blogging. People are so much more supportive here.

    S.W. Sandoval - I am sorry that you had such a terrible experience. I don't think thicker skin is what we need around mean people like that. Some people just like being rude for no reason, believe it or not. But I am happy that you decided to keep writing and ignore the bad comments. Good for you!

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