Writing is, in many ways, a collaborative effort.
Social media can be a wonderful tool for writers interested in keeping up with the latest news in the publishing world, finding tips and advice about the craft, and connecting with fellow creatives.
But social media can also feel like a void, and it can take a while to find your corner within it.
One of the things that helped me find my space is the various chats you'll find popping up. Hosts share prompts and icebreakers geared towards discussing writing and connecting with those who share your love for storytelling. The questions are so much fun and get me thinking about my WIPs in new ways. There have been plenty of times I've gotten myself out of a plot hole or realized something about a character while typing up my response to the day's prompt.
They're cozy corners amid what can be a rapidly moving, chaotic space. Whether it's on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, these chats bring writers together to just talk about writing and connect.
These chats have helped my introverted self come out of my shell. In the past, I've been hesitant to jump into online conversations out of fear I'd be barging in uninvited, but these writing chats have encouraged participation with open arms.
I love the communities these chats have built and wanted to give back in some way. I've been wanting to establish my own chat for a little over a year now and am delighted to share the news!
Authors In Progress Chat, #AIPChat for short, is a social media chat for writers of all genres. New questions will be shared daily ranging from icebreakers to craft questions to sharing about your ongoing projects.
But why call it AIPChat?
WIP is a phrase you'll encounter frequently in the writing corners of social media and stands for "Work in Progress." Authors In Progress comes from the idea that like the stories we write, we as authors are works in progress. We're always learning. Our process is always evolving. And we're all unique in our methods.
No matter what stage you're at in the journey, I invite you to jump in and join #AIPChat beginning June 14!
See you in the chat!