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  • #347017

    margery65w
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    Another discussion question here prompted me to look at how other sites are doing.

    WD prints a top 100 web sites for writers every year.
    I rarely find more than one or two of those at all of interest.
    Many people must though, because they are the ones who helped determine that list.
    But they are not really competitors with the WD forum but tend to be unique or specialised.

    The sites below are more those that are similar to this WD forum which google found
    Some are even less active than this WD forum is.

    these are general forums like WD

    http://www.writers.net/forum/ – newest post last month – much less active – focus is general writing and publishing

    https://www.writingforums.com/ – many topics with posts from today – writing publishing other media yada yada – more eclectic but lots of writing

    https://www.writingforums.org/ – many topics with posts within hours ago – many topics on writing – most active forum found

    and these are focused on scripts but otherwise similar to WD

    http://forums.screenplay.com/ – newest post found is FEB 2018. one topic area it was 2009 — less active – focus is scripts

    http://www.indietalk.com/ – several topics from today. many more dated yesterday – much more active – focus is scripts – hundreds viewing now

    http://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl – three topics with posts today – more active – focus is scripts

    Additionally I found a number of university fora that do not really compete and generally are not that active anyway except for student class discussions.

    One site had this list which I did not check closely

    figment.com — redirected to some oddball site
    http://www.publishedauthors.org — 404
    http://www.writingforums.com — see notes above
    http://www.writersbeat.com — some posts from today – a number viewing at this time
    http://www.kuforum.co.uk/kindleusersforum/forum-35.html – limited topic areas kindle focus not very active
    http://www.mywriterscircle.com — some recent posts – limited range of topic areas – many topics under those areas
    http://www.youngwritersonline.net — some recent posts – several viewing at this time
    http://www.makeliterature.com/forums 404

  • #656060

    Anonymous

    I will check these out later.

  • #656061

    Anonymous

    I’ve been a member on a couple of the more “active” sites listed – mods were not to my liking (too dictatorial about the direction and tone of discussions). Which is fine – their site, their rules. One thing about writing sites – you have to stick around for a while and actually participate occasionally to see if it’s a good fit. Sometimes even very good sites just don’t fit the needs/wants of a particular writer.

  • #656062

    Anonymous

    Arguably the single most active writer’s forum is AbsoluteWrite. https://absolutewrite.com/forums. Thousands of users and very active discussions.

    They don’t like me and have banned me, but there are some very big industry names that take part in discussions there from time to time. Since my ban isn’t IP-based, I still use their “Bewares, Recommendations, and Background Checks” subforum to check out agents and publishers that I’m curious about.

    Just watch yourself. They don’t take disagreement well at all.

    Oh… and check out my signature. Tiny, tiny forum, but I’m trying to make it work.

  • #656063

    Anonymous

    RobTheThird wrote:

    > Just watch yourself. They don’t take disagreement well at all.

    Agreed. Haven’t been banned (that I know of) but I dropped out after too many “discussions” that turned into lectures about how to think and write (ie, do it “their way” or shut up). Good place to be a spectator, though.

  • #656064

    debbieolch
    Participant

    RobTheThird wrote:
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    > They don’t like me and have banned me,

    I got banned pretty quickly. I posted a short story there for critique, and mentioned that I had just written it a couple days before. Another (veteran) poster told me I was a terrible person because I didn’t let it sit for months before sharing it, and I said it was my right to decide when to post something for critique (for those of you who don’t know, I write pretty damn clean copy). That got me banned. Really.

    Scribophile has a large community. I haven’t posted much there, but they have an active forum. I use Zoetrope for short stories; it’s a medium-sized community and really only suited for short stories (few people are active on novella, etc. forums–not sure about scripts since I’ve never posted one there).

  • #656065

    margery65w
    Participant

    ostarella wrote:
    > I’ve been a member on a couple of the more “active” sites listed
    > – mods were not to my liking (too dictatorial about the direction and tone
    > of discussions). Which is fine – their site, their rules. One thing about
    > writing sites – you have to stick around for a while and actually
    > participate occasionally to see if it’s a good fit. Sometimes even very
    > good sites just don’t fit the needs/wants of a particular writer.

    True.
    And every site has its emphasis on the topics and types of discussion.
    Agree as to fit. What the writer is interested in determines the value based on the sites orientation and demeanor.

  • #656066

    margery65w
    Participant

    RobTheThird wrote:
    > Arguably the single most active writer’s forum is AbsoluteWrite.
    > https://absolutewrite.com/forums. Thousands of users and very active
    > discussions.
    >
    > They don’t like me and have banned me, but there are some very big industry
    > names that take part in discussions there from time to time. Since my ban
    > isn’t IP-based, I still use their “Bewares, Recommendations, and
    > Background Checks” subforum to check out agents and publishers that
    > I’m curious about.
    >
    > Just watch yourself. They don’t take disagreement well at all.
    >
    > Oh… and check out my signature. Tiny, tiny forum, but I’m trying to make
    > it work.

    Thanks for that link.
    I recall visiting in the past. But that one did not come up when I searched.
    I do recall they are rather dictatorial as you noted and will ban you if you dont toe the party line.
    But then that seems to be the norm on a lot of forums on the internet no matter what sort of topics are discussed.

  • #656067

    margery65w
    Participant

    ostarella wrote:
    > RobTheThird wrote:
    >
    > > Just watch yourself. They don’t take disagreement well at all.
    >
    > Agreed. Haven’t been banned (that I know of) but I dropped out after too many
    > “discussions” that turned into lectures about how to think and write (ie,
    > do it “their way” or shut up). Good place to be a spectator, though.

    +1

  • #656068

    margery65w
    Participant

    DrG2 wrote:
    > RobTheThird wrote:
    > .
    > >
    > > They don’t like me and have banned me,
    >
    > I got banned pretty quickly. I posted a short story there for critique, and
    > mentioned that I had just written it a couple days before. Another (veteran) poster
    > told me I was a terrible person because I didn’t let it sit for months before sharing
    > it, and I said it was my right to decide when to post something for critique (for
    > those of you who don’t know, I write pretty damn clean copy). That got me banned.
    > Really.
    >
    > Scribophile has a large community. I haven’t posted much there, but they have an
    > active forum. I use Zoetrope for short stories; it’s a medium-sized community and
    > really only suited for short stories (few people are active on novella, etc.
    > forums–not sure about scripts since I’ve never posted one there).

    Confirms what the others said.

    Thanks for links. Again, scribophile and Zoetrope did not turn up when I searched.
    Maybe the way I phrased my search eliminated some of these other fora.

  • #656069

    margery65w
    Participant

    I like the WD forum for its closeness to the other WD resources which makes it handy to click over to see what is being discussed.

    I read WD magazine since I was in college and like their resources; even if they tend to be oriented to the new writer, the business information is useful to all writers.

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