No matter if you’re sitting alone at home, or surrounded by people in a cafe, writing is always lonely work. It’s you and your brain, creating characters, worlds, and plot. It helps to be able to find places that will allow you to connect with other, like minded people, and Reddit is a perfect site to connect with fellow writers and discuss pretty much every aspect of your writing (or your reading, as we discuss in our Reddit for Readers article).
Reddit.com is a site made up of thousands of communities, known as subreddits or subs. Each community is different, each one built around a different topic. Some are small, with few subscribers and others are larger with far more subscribers. Some subs are small but subscribers post and comment frequently, keeping the sub active.
There are so many subreddits! So many! In 2008, there were 10,000 subreddits. As of 2018, there are 1.2 million. That number is only going to get larger, and as it gets larger there are, potentially, more communities that would be interesting to you. The only problem is, when there are so many subreddits, how on Earth can you find the subs you want?? It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.
This is a list to make your search for subreddits easier;
/r/Writing (~580,000 subscribers)
This is a big subreddit, and if you’re looking for a subreddit about writing, then is probably the very first one you’re going to find (for obvious reasons). It’s an inclusive community, there for everyone who writes, so that means that there are published authors on there, self-published writers, fanfic writers, people who have some great ideas for a plot and just want somewhere to chat about how to get started. r/Writing welcomes them all.
If you’re writing in a specific genre then it’s a good idea to talk to other people writing in the same genre as you. I haven’t included all genre-based subs on this list, but these are the biggest and the most active. The following genre based subs are great places to explore the stereotypes, tropes and technology of your genre:
/r/Worldbuilding (~320,000 subscribers)
A large and very active subreddit that is a great place to brainstorm your world building ideas. If you’re writing sci-fi or fantasy stories then this is a great place to discuss your ideas and make sure that everything makes sense. Maybe you’re stumped because your plot needs a certain type of technology in you story, but you’re not sure how it would work, then this is the place to ask for help!
/r/Screenwriting (~284,000 subscribers)
This is a large, active and very well organised sub. I’m not a screenwriter myself, but I really like this sub. They are a welcoming and friendly bunch who are always willing to help you out with your sorting out the wrinkles and holes in your plot. I’d definitely recommend that everyone join this, whether you’re interested in screenwriting or not, there’s a lot of overlap in the tools and techniques different types of writers use.
/r/Erotic authors (~15,000 subscribers)
A great community for getting started in publishing erotica. Actually, no scrap that. This is a great place for getting started in self-publishing. Sure, they talk in terms of publishing erotic, but make no mistake, these folks have a real understanding of the mechanics of self-publishing and how to market. Discussions here tend to emphasise the nitty-gritty of publishing success and marketing strategies, rather than storytelling. Which means it’s actually a really useful subreddit for anyone interested in Self-publishing, even if you’re not writing erotica.
/r/Self-publish ~20,400 subscribers
This is a friendly sub to join if you’re not sure where to start on self-publishing.
/r/Sci-fi writers ~13,000 subscribers
A great community for exploring your sci-fi ideas. Really supportive and creative atmosphere, where everyone is willing to chip in and help you work out the science and mechanics of your story. However there is little emphasis on actual publishing.
/r/Writers of Horror ~5,000 subscribers
All about the inspiration, and helping each other develop storylines and plots. This is another great place to get help with genre specific writing.
Tools for Authors
Reddit isn’t just about being sociable. There are subreddits that can inspire creativity, ones whose only goal is to try and help you with your writing. These subs are aimed at making you a better writer:
/r/Destructive Readers (~17,200 subscribers)
This is a subreddit that I love to hate! This is a place to post your writing and have people just tear it apart. Readers will tell you all the mistakes that you made; why that paragraph that you agonised over, carefully making sure that every sentence flows, actually sucks and you need to rewrite it. This is tough love! It’s difficult to hear some of these criticisms. It’s certainly easier to just ignore this subreddit. No-one likes being told they’ve done something wrong! But, as painful and as brutally honest as this subreddit is, the purpose of this sub is actually really good. It may be called Destructive Readers, but the purpose of all this criticism isn’t to simply be destructive, the purpose is to make you a better writer. Putting yourself out there, exposing yourself, is incredibly tough – but I guarantee this sub will make you a better writer.
/r/Writing prompts (~13,000,000 subscribers!!)
This is a massive sub with lots of subscribers and it is incredibly active. People post short writing prompts, then writers come along and write short stories based off that prompt.
Yeah, you’re in the middle of writing your novel/screenplay/autobiography, do you really need another distraction? Yet another writing project? Isn’t the life of a writer already too full of all kinds of tempting distractions and opportunities for procrastination.? Yep, but this one is actually worthwhile!
One of the greatest problems can be getting started on a writing session. It’s been far too long, (no matter how long it’s actually been, it’s been too long) since you last sat down and wrote, it’s tough to get back into that creative groove. This is a great way to get your brain fired up and the creative juices flowing.
You look through the today’s prompts, There are loads to choose from, and you can always scroll past todays and keep on looking at older prompts if nothing grabs your attention.
There’s no minimum to what you write, and no maximum. You can write any length. If you end up straying from the prompt then it doesn’t particularly matter.
So there you are, your brain firing off new ideas, words pouring through your keyboard and suddenly you’re creating something, you’re creating an entire unique story. Just a few minutes earlier you were feeling stuck and didn’t know where to start.
It’s basically a really great writing exercise to get you started.
Now, here’s the thing. By posting it online, people can see it. And people are going to read it. And they might even comment on it. For me, that’s one a joy of this community. I hate showing my writing to anyone else but this sub has really helped me with that. It is such a supportive community, with all sorts of positivity and energy, even for the shortest offerings. Subscribers have a genuine eagerness to read and that’s why this is such a great subreddit.
We have our very own collection of writing prompts that you can get on Amazon!
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/r/Word Count (~2,400 subscribers)
This is a small and very quiet subreddit. There isn’t much chatter going on here. You simply make a post, saying how many words you wrote today, or this week. You’ll get some upvotes for your post, but probably not any comments. This is a place where you can proudly declare how hard you’ve been working! I love this subreddit because it keeps me honest. It’s tough to slack off when you know that you’re going to be publicly held accountable for how much you wrote today!
/r/Writer Chat (~2,100 subscribers)
So you joined reddit because you want to talk to other writers but posting messages and waiting hours for a reply isn’t the social activity that you hoped it would be…Well, then this is for you. The subreddit has a live chat that you can join any time of day. You don’t need an account to join the chat, just type in any nickname and get chatting straight away. If you like that nickname, and you want to use it in the future so that people can recognize you, then you’ll need to start an account to reserve that specific nickname.
There does tend to be more writers wanting to chat at the evenings and weekends, those are the busiest hours. Still, even during the quieter hours, there’s always people around. I really love this chat, not because I’m a sociable and chatty person, but because of how easy it is to start a fifteen-minute writing sprint, competing against anyone who’s hanging out in the chat and wants to join in too. I find writing sprints to be such a great way to buckle down and start writing. Getting into a writing sprint where I’m competing against other people always makes me write faster! I’m definitely more productive when I’m doing writing sprints.
/r/Review Circle (~1,300 subscribers)
This one is for the self-publishers. If you have a published work and you want to get some reviews, then this is a place to ask for it. There’s no guarantee that you will get reviews, even though you’re giving away a free copy of your book. Still there’s no harm in asking and the more reviews you can get, the better your book will look.
/r/Hire an Editor (~400 subscribers)
You’re want another pair of eyes to go over your work to check for spelling and grammar mistakes? Or maybe you just want someone to tell you if the plot actually makes sense? Well, this is the place!
/r/Hire a Writer (~10,000 subscribers)
This is a place for writers who are looking for work. The jobs that get posted here tend to be small, one-off projects, but it can be a good way to dip your toes into the world of paid writing.
If you’re a writer, then there’s a very good chance that you love books. I know I do! I just love the look of them! I love the feel of a book in my hands. Whether it’s a brand new book and there’s that special feeling that I’m the only one who has ever opened these pages, or whether it’s second hand, with a cracked spine and dog-eared pages, I still love them. Which is why I enjoy these subs:
/r/Writers things (~1,100 subscribers)
Because we all need more memes in our life and memes about writers make me feel like I’m not the only procrastinating writer in the world. Alright, this one probably won’t make a better writer, but it is fun!
/r/Book Haul (~9,000 subscribers)
This is a sub where people post pictures of the books that they’ve just bought. It is surprisingly addictive. I know that I often get excited when I see what books people have bought! Most times these are photos taken after a shopping spree in a second hand store, and I’m often very jealous of the bargains that people have found!
/r/Bookshelf (~24,000 subscribers)
Here people post pictures of their beautiful bookshelves. I just love zooming in and seeing what books people own!
/r/Writer Motivation (~7,000 subscribers)
This is a small sub and unfortunately it’s not terribly active. However I still subscribe to it, because a) I need all the motivational help I can get b) the only way to make a sub more active is to participate in it! Most of the posts are memes or jokes about writing.
Alright! We finally got to the end of the list! I have just one more sub for you. Maybe I haven’t listed enough subs for you and you want to keep looking. This sub is the place to start searching for what you’re looking for:
/r/Writing Hub (~8,700 subscribers)
This is not an active sub, and it hasn’t been active in years. Yet thousands of people are still subscribed to it. Why on Earth would anyone still be subscribed to a sub that has basically been dead for the last four years? Because on sidebar of this subreddit is a list of all the other subs that are useful for writers. It’s a really useful catalogue. Unfortunately, because the sub is older and inactive, the list of subs is no longer complete. I wouldn’t recommend subscribing solely for this catalogue, but I would recommend that everyone take a few minutes to check it out!