Water Cooler and Other Writing Forums

Empty seats in an industrial office setting

Does anyone else remember chats at the office water cooler? I was looking for images for this post and realized that mainstream corporate culture has changed so much that maybe people hovering in a corner at breaks for a chance to talk about personal issues with less of a risk of a disciplinary meeting is unfamiliar.

Anyway, this post is about other types of changes. I’ve removed a note from my Writing Resources page, which is under “processes –> links go to new spaces”.

Which sites host good forums for writers?

Note: I recommend avoiding Absolute Write until they complete their security updates.

Absolute Write (AW) updated their server to add encryption to their Water Cooler forums. That means they’ve better secured the information you give them–for example, at registration, when you share your birthday and email address.

Read more about What Is HTTPS, and Why Should I Care? (at How-to-Geek).

My web browsers seem happy with the new encryption, so I’m happy with AW’s security. Absolute Write Water Cooler is a new addition to my list.

Also, I’ve registered as a member!

My current concern is that AW appears to be no more active than most writing sites, including the relevant forums at SFFWorld. I’m tempted to go outside of the regular, year-round forums and join a cabin at Camp NaNoWriMo for conversation next month.

What about you? Are you a writer? Do you frequent a writing forum online?



1 Comment

  1. I’m probably going to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo next month. If you create a private cabin, seek me out! (Steve 46th).

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