On Reading, On Writing

Reddit, again?

redditI’ve toyed around with Reddit several times over the years, but I have struggled to really get into it. I’d create an ID, look at it for two days, never really post or comment anything, and then forget my login information. My husband, once a heavy Redditor, stopped cold turkey for a while, but the seemingly endless supply of terrible jokes lured him back. He reads things off Reddit to me and it “seems” like there could be a little more there than I found before – perhaps I just needed to give it more than a couple of days?

reddit2Determined to find value in Reddit beyond terrible jokes (seriously, some of the worst jokes every known to man), I have decided to give Reddit another try. I’ll probably lurk for a while before I comment, but we’ll see. I haven’t yet looked to see which of my friends and followers are on Reddit, but if you are, please feel free to send me a message or comment with your username. (Helpful tips and advice always welcome, too!)

One of the things that intrigues me (other than the Aww Subreddit that’s full of cute baby animal pictures and videos) is the AMA (Ask Me Anything) feature. For example, The Microsoft OneNote team will be doing a AMA over in /r/iama on September 1st @ 1PM EST. If you want to ask questions of celebrities, experts, random weirdos, this is the place. They have several AMAs per day. Here’s a Google Calendar of upcoming AMAs  And here is the Twitter link for AMAs.

n00b-40The other thing I think I’ll investigate more this time around is customizing my subreddits so I see more of what interests me (and hopefully get less overwhelmed by that crazy noisy UX nightmare of a front page). For my writer and book junking readers, here’s a small sampling of subreddits on books, literature, and writing I’ve discovered in my first full day of being a Newbie Redditor.

So many books, so little time

Book reviews, recommendations, stories about books or book technology, etc.

52 Book Challenge

A subreddit for the participants of the 52 Book Challenge (one book per week for a year) to discuss their progress and discoveries.

A place to casually discuss books!

As one might expect, this is a place to casually discuss books!


Welcome to /r/literature, a community for deeper discussions of plays, poetry, short stories, and novels. Discussions of literary criticism, literary history, literary theory, and critical theory are also welcome–strongly encouraged, even.


Welcome to /r/Literatures, a community for deeper discussions of plays, poetry, short stories, and novels **in languages other than English, or English in translation**. This is a sister subreddit to /r/literature, focused on literatures from around the world originally written in any language other than English.

r/Writers: Writers Helping Writers

All are welcome at r/writers: fiction writers, nonfiction writers, bloggers and more! Get critique on your work, share resources, ask questions and help fellow writers.

Writing Prompts: Prompts and motivation to create something out of nothing

If you see a prompt you like, simply write a short story based on it. Get comments from others, and leave commentary for other people’s works.

/r/writing: for those who write

The home for writers. We talk about important matters for writers, news affecting writers, and the finer aspects of writing.

All writers, poets, lyricists, and playwrights are welcome

Welcome to the Writer_Well. Here you are free to write stories, short stories, poems, plays, song lyrics, and so forth

Hire a Writer

Jobs for writers.

Fantasy Writers

This reddit is dedicated to those of us who are writing in the fantasy genre. Anything related to creating your own works of fantasy is acceptable.

Prompts for writers and Artists

A sub reddit to get ideas flowing for Artists and Writers. Where Artists can post their work to prompt ideas forWriters and Writers can post stories to prompt ideas for artists.

Writers’ Choice: Stories you love.

This is a place for the writers of Reddit to showcase the stories of other writers!

High School Writers

A place for young writers to learn, discuss, and generally have fun with the craft of writing.

Indian Writers: a peer-critique writing community for Indian writers.

A peer-critique community for writers from India. * English, vernacular and hybrid-language writers welcome.

Safe place for writers

A friendly community for writers for novel, short story, script and poetry writers only.

Markets and Contests for Writers

Post links to writer’s guidelines, calls for submissions, writing contests, etc. See sidebar for rules.

Female Writers

A corner for all female writers.

Self Published Writers

A place to discuss just about everything in the world of indie books.

TV Writers

A place where TV writers can ask questions about the industry, exchange and provide feedback on scripts, and discuss shows, writers, and ideas they like.

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