View Full Version : Looking for some YA writing buddies

05-23-2012, 11:10 PM
Hey everyone,

I'm currently in the process of writing my first manuscript. I've been writing for years (I just completed my bachelor's in English), but this is my first real try at writing a novel. I've just hit the 20,000 word mark, and I feel like I'm definitely getting in the groove.

Basically what I'm looking for is some new writing "buddies." I don't need a beta reader yet (obviously) because I haven't finished a full first draft, but I'd really like some friends to set goals with, discuss writing problems and advice, trade chapters/excerpts, etc. I really just want some companions to travel with on this journey of writing my first manuscript! Hopefully, my writing buddies and I will eventually become beta readers for each other.

I would rather to have "buddies" that are in the same genre as me (YA fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopia) simply because those are the kinds of books I and enjoy reading and will be able to give the most feedback. I am, however, open to anyone who is interested.

Respond on here or PM me :)

05-23-2012, 11:20 PM
Welcome to AW.

We're large and a little crazy, but hang around and read a bit and you'll get teh hang of things.

You might want to start by hanging out in the YA forum (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=117) a bit.

I call your special attention to the College Students Writing For Teens (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=221693) thread.

And you've read The Newbie Guide to Absolute Write (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66315)? Right?

05-24-2012, 12:05 AM
I'm interested in your offer, but like Medievalist says, it's best to get to know the community a little beforehand. :)

05-24-2012, 12:24 AM
Thank for the responses! I'm looking forward to getting to know the community-- it definitely is a lot to take in at first. bickazer, I'll keep your name in mind and PM you when I have a little more experience on here :)

05-24-2012, 01:06 AM
Yeah, the forums can be pretty intimidating at first glance, and I'm still not entirely adjusted, but there's a reason why it's divided into so many subforums. It seems that most users tend to stick with a few chosen haunts. The YA forum is particularly amazing, if I do say so myself. :)

(And kind of a stupid thing to be happy about, but I'm glad you didn't capitalize the first letter of my username. If I'd wanted it capitalized, I would have written it that way! XD)