To contribute to a writing forum or not to contribute to a writing forum, that is the question I have asked myself many times.
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I love to write fiction and do value feedback, but I've been told it's also important to receive the right feedback.
Sometimes forums are great to express yourself, get ideas on writing styles and receive critique on your latest masterpiece (or masterpiece in the making), but I have found comments left on forums can be harmful rather than helpful.
Sometimes you're lucky and will find a group of people who really are genuinely interested in helping make your writing better, and sometimes you find a group of people who are more interested in proving they are more creative and a better writer or only write an 'it was good' critique so others will view their work.
So I'm curious, are online writing forums beneficial to you as a writer?
Online writing forums give people the opportunity to comment on your work virtually anonymously. This can easily lead to disappointing experiences. Probably a safer option would be to join a writers' group, for example in your local library, or a writers centre in your state. Or, if you are lucky, you might know an editor who is willing to give you some pointers to improve your writing.
It depends what information your are seeking. Online forums can offer you a lot of information from someone's point of view which could often be slight off the beaten path. Others have great advice. So yes, they are beneficial!