Day 3 – Pentathlon

How to post, inspired by the Pentathlon

It’s Day 3 of the Blogging Olympics, and it’s inspired by the Pentathlon. The Pentathlon is made up of five events, including fencing.

The prompt is to help readers go through several stages, a how-to post.

As a pre-published author, I wasn’t sure I had much to offer…

I’ve just done an interview for Merlene Fawdry for her blog about online writing groups, so I thought that might make a good how to post.

How to make the most of online writing groups:

1. Choose the group in the platform that is right for you – it could be via Facebook or an online forum or chat room. There is no one right solution, you need to use the platform that suits you.

2. Find a group that meets your needs – you may be looking for a support group or a critique group or simply a group to chat with other writers so you don’t feel so alone. Not every group will meet every need, so you may want to join more than one group.

3. Introduce yourself – make sure you stick with the rules, but your first post should be something to say hi and a bit about your writing. If you are able, include links to your blog, Facebook page, Twitter account and anything else that may be relevant.

4. Check out the rules – there are groups that have strict rules about what you can and can’t post, or where you can post links to your blog. Make sure you read these and stick to the rules.

5. Get involved – join in the discussion. Answer questions as well as asking them. The more you get involved, the more you will get out of your online writing group.

6. Keep writing – It can be tempting to spend a lot of time participating in an online writing group and use it as an excuse not to write. Set yourself time to be part of your group and stick to it. You may have to go for some time only reading or even take a break for a day or two. Don’t forget to keep writing!

I hope this post is useful to all you writers out there.

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