23 July 2013

Fun with Community Terms

Have you ever just stopped to look up what term is used for a group of something?

A flock of birds. A pride of lions. A murder of crows. A gaggle of geese.

It was something that got me thinking. What would a group of writers be considered? I tossed a few ideas around in my head.

A pen of writers? Naw, sounds too much like we’d be in a kennel like dogs.
A book of writers? Yeah, I’m so not a stamp.
A page of writers? A sheet of writers? An ink of writers?

Nothing really caught me in a positive spin. No, the best one that always seemed to work for me is this:

A Community of Writers.

Of course, this assumes that the group of writers is cooperating with each other. It assumes that a connection exists among the writers, beyond that simple occupation.

In my last post, I spoke of creating a Writers’ Support Group. This would be part of what, to me, creates a community of writers. There will always be outliers with regard to any group. Some will feel above the need for a group. They’re “better” than the rabble. Others will just come from too weird an angle for the community to willingly accept them. I’ve found this rare among writers, however, because we are all outliers of the weird persuasion to those who do not write.

There are other things that make up community, though, aren’t there? Support is great, but we need more. We need connections. Genre creates connections. Kinda. It also creates divisions and cliques. Something that writers already do naturally, is create divisions because we have to work through stereotypes to get to true character. A common location would be nice for writers creating a community. Some have a town or city or county to act as their common location. Others find that commonality in an online forum.

As a writer, I suggest looking around to find a community that works best for you. Let us know what makes a good community for you.


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