Welcome to 31 Days of Writing Tips! Today is Day 9 in our series. We’re joining up with 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, which means each post in this series has been written in five minutes flat on a one-word prompt.

Today’s writing prompt is: JOIN



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When I first discovered the Five Minute Friday blog link-up, Lisa-Jo Baker was hosting this fabulous community. I had never heard of a blog link-up before, and I was so excited to find a place online where so many like-minded bloggers gathered week after week. I clicked around and met a number of writers who have since become dear friends, many of whom I’ve been able to meet in person. Who would’ve thought?

Now I’ve been hosting the FMF community and we’ve had two in-person retreats as well as a number of ad hoc gatherings and visiting writers in our home.

Over the past 6 or 7 years I’ve become part of vibrant writing communities like those involved in the Breathe Christian Writers Conference that happens every October, the Write 31 Days challenge, The Lightbearers Author Community, Hope*Writers, By His Grace Bloggers, FlourishWriters, Your Blogging Mastermind, and many more.

The writing life can be a solitary one, but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of today’s technology

I’m even part of two smaller “mastermind groups” that meet online on a regular basis to encourage and pray for one another.

Last month I attended a gathering at Baker Book House hosted by The Writer’s Guild, a group of women from West Michigan who founded the Breathe Writers Conference. They’ve been meeting monthly in person for YEARS. I watched them on the stage and thought about what a blessing it is to have a group like that who are committed to spurring one another on.



Have you found something like this?

Which communities have you joined (online or in person) that have helped you grow as a writer?

If you don’t have a group yet, I encourage you to either find one online that you can join or create one (either online or in person). You won’t regret it!


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