When I first started writing, more than ten years ago, there was only one person interested in my tales: an email friend who writes fan fiction. She supported me wholeheartedly and was always happy to read my stories. She still is. In return, I very much enjoy her novels, the best kind of Star Trek fan fiction.
In 2003 I stumbled over forums and joined Runboard, a small forum provider with excellent service. Runboard lets you sign up as global member so you can visit all public forums there. I made good use of that, and ended up on a huge writing board. The members there taught me a lot about writing, agents and publishers. In 2006 I founded my own writing board, Mystical Adventures. The big writing forum, however, no longer exists.
Mystical Adventures focuses on speculative fiction, mostly fantasy and science fiction. It’s a fairly small one, as boards go, but we’re doing fun projects once in a while. Right now, we’re running a little challenge writing a piece with a fixed title (“The Disillusioned Mage”). Feel free to join in!
Are you using forums? Do they help you with your writing? And oh, that castle is a real one in Germany. If you figure out where it is, you’ll get a virtual squee and hug.