Okay, first of all I have to apologize for this not getting posted before now. If I work this just right, it will still technically be posted on Friday. It's been a one of those weeks where if it can go wrong, it has. But that's not important at the moment.
My plan for this post was to find some free writing communities for you all to check out, but I think I'm only going to showcase one. Not because they're not out there, but I think it's better to just focus on one site at a time, plus it will give me fodder for future posts. LOL
I found a pretty neat little writing forum called LegendFire. I had to sign up before I wrote anything about it, as I thought it would be a good idea to see the inside before offering it up. I'd make a great real estate agent. Anyway, I was happy with what I found.
The first thing I always look for in a writing forum is when it was last updated. If it looks like no one has done anything for some time, I won't waste my time. This site had been updated only moments before I joined so that was a plus. But let's talk about the real stuff.
One of the things this site offers is work critiques. This includes all fiction, poetry, and non-fiction works. There's a room called The Shredder and that's pretty much what happens to your work in there. Other members shred it to pieces, but in a good way. It's meant for anyone who wants brutally honest reviews of their work and suggestions on ways to improve it. Probably won't see anything of mine in there anytime soon.
The site also has rooms for writing challenges, word games, and one for just general conversation. They offer a group of rooms called The Knowledge Base which is made for those in search of information about writing, resources, and needs some questions answered.
One of the others things I look for in a writing community is in the introduction section. I hate introducing myself, but it's always the first step in getting noticed. In most other sites, I might get the room moderator to say hi once I've introduced myself. This time, I had 3 people stop in and say hi, and a couple even took the time to stop by and see my blog. SCORE!!! Yeah, I was kinda happy.
I'm still getting a feel for the site, but all in all, I'm happy. If you want to join in on the fun, the cost is a big, fat zero (aka free). And if you do join, look me up. You'll find me under the user name Miss Chris. If I come across any bumps in the road, I'll let you know. But until then, happy writing my angel babies!!!!!