5 Reasons To Join A Short Story Writing Community

5 Reasons To Join A Short Story Writing Community


Short story writers need readers for their stories. In this post, we’ll explore five reasons why you should join a short story writing community. 

In a previous post, we spoke about writing the book, Write the Crap Out of It, a book about the craft of short story writing. Then we discussed writing a book blurb for a short story collection, before we moved on to why you should complete short story writing exercises.

In this post, we’ll explore five reasons why you should join a short story writing community. 

Should you join a writing community? If you are reading this post, chances are you already own several books about writing and follow many writing blogs and have watched countless hours of author interviews, but none of those can give you feedback on your writing.  A writing community can help you learn and grow. It makes the writing process less lonely and way more fun and constructive.

5 Reasons To Join This Short Story Writing Community:

  1. Give and receive feedback.
  2. Learn and grow with kind, talented writers
  3. Make writing less lonely.
  4. Benefit from many writers with lots of experience in writing, publishing and beating procrastination.
  5. Meet deadlines and write the crap out of it.

When you buy Write the Crap Out of It, you join a community of writers who want to write, learn and grow and who want you to do the same.

Why should you join the Write the Crap Out of It community?

Our goal on 12 Short Stories is to write 12 short stories in 12 months. Our goal is to slow down, dissect and learn from our writing and that of other writers. The exercises are designed to challenge you and nudge you out of your comfort zone. We have a ‘post one, read four’ system that gives you the chance to give and receive feedback on your writing.

There are 27 exercises in the book that you can post on the website. The exercises help you create goals, prompt you to write and rewrite several stories. It teaches how to evaluate your own writing as well as how to critique someone else’s story with kind, constructive feedback.

Find a place where you feel at home.

Writing communities are not for everyone and each community has its own goals, tone and rules. You need to find a place where you feel at home. Here are some quotes from our group about their experiences on the site last year, which might give you an idea of what our community is like before you join this writing community.

So, download the book and start writing.

How do I post my exercises from the book?

  1. Once you have bought the book on Amazon, please create a profile on www.deadlinesforwriters.com and send a copy of your Amazon Invoice to Mia at mia@12shortstories.com.
  2. Once Mia has received the invoice, your account will be approved.
  3. Post your 27 exercises from the book and comment on four.
  4. Please post only one exercise per prompt.
  5. There is no deadline. Work at your own pace.

If you have any queries, please mail me at mia@12shortstories.com.

What writers have said about the 12 Short Stories Community:

  1. This project has been great for me. I am trying new genres and have learned so much. -Sandy Menarek.
  2. What a fantastic program. Good luck to everyone who joins and revels in this wonderful writing community. – Adam Jeffrey
  3. It has been such an amazing community and a tremendous opportunity for growth as a writer. To all the newbies, please don’t be shy or nervous- you won’t regret being a part of this group! – Amber Cole
  4. And we’ll all be saying ‘What can I write on THAT topic?’ – ‘oh no, look at the word count!’, ‘heck, how am I going to fit a story into this month’s hectic schedule?’ etc, etc etc. Think it. Write it. Edit it. Whatever it is! – Delphine Richards
  5. I am always in a last minute hurry to get my story done because of working on my other projects but what I have found is a bountiful backlist of wonderful characters and stories and…they ALL came from doing the prompts. – Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait
  6. Still a few things I wants to try and this is the perfect place to do that. Caring people who critique well. – Melanie Delaney
  7. Sometimes I love my stories. Sometimes they don’t quite work but I throw them out there anyway. Sometimes I come back to things I didn’t finish. It’s all in the process. – Ellen Eigner
  8. Each story has been an extraordinary journey of endeavour and huge pleasure. – Christopher Derek Joyce
  9. Before 12SS, I had never written a short story, except maybe in high school creative writing class (waaay back when), and now I’ve written 24 (+ 2 competitions and three furious fiction stories)! If it wasn’t for the encouragement and kind feedback from this group, I may not have continued. – Peggy Rockey
  10. A few years ago I wouldn’t have dreamt of this – to see my own published work. No exaggerations there…but this has been possible only because of the confidence I have received from this group. This is my first Kindle book, also my entry to KDP Pen to Publish by Contest India, 2019. It’s also there on Amazon shopping sites. Thank you for all your support as always! – Amrita Sarkar
  11. It’s been the best decision I made this year. I will be back, hopefully wiser and still growing – Chantel Ily Barton
  12. This page, the people on it, the stories you write and read, and all the compassion and camaraderie that pours forth every month has resuscitated my writing passion. I’m grateful for the process and indebted to you all. I’m looking forward to 2020 and another dozen opportunities to journey across the most creative and supportive landscape imaginable. – Bob Krotz
  13. What a wonderful feeling it is to look back in retrospect and remember the reason I wanted to join this group. I hadn’t written in not mere years, but decades! I made up my mind I was returning to write again and I thought this group would enable me and prod me to at least write one story a month ~ and that it did! – Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait
  14. I did it! And so did a lot of us. 12 short stories in 12 months. That’s the most and the longest I’ve written. EVER! To paraphrase Bilbo Baggins, “Twelve months is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable writers.” So let’s do it again! – Michael Kurko
  15. As they say in the classics, Hail to the King, Baby. This is a great group and site. Thanks to all those brave enough to read my stories, and those who came back for more. – Michael James
  16. 12 short stories in 12 months – some flowed like a river, some were like squeezing blood from a stone, but I completed the goal I set for myself – thanks to the prompts from Mia and this group. Thanks to everyone who read my stories during the year, and also to the writers behind the many I read and enjoyed. I can honestly say it has been a rewarding experience which both challenged and improved me as a writer. – Mandi Millen
  17. Joining this group is the best thing I’ve done for myself. – Sharmayne Riseley

The Write the Crap Out of It eBook is available on Amazon.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It is one in a series of posts celebrating short stories, our online writing community, and the launch of this awesome book.

Read all the posts here:

  1. Write The Crap Out Of It And Other Short Story Writing Advice
  2. How To Write A Book Blurb For Your Short Story Collection
  3. Why You Should Do Short Story Writing Exercises
  4. 5 Reasons To Join A Short Story Writing Community
  5. 12 More Reasons To Write Short Stories

 by Mia Botha

Buy Mia’s book on short stores: Write the crap out of it and other short story writing advice

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Top Tip: If you want to learn how to show and not tell, buy  this workbook: How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories. If you’re looking for a course, sign up for Short Cuts.