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Test out your ideas with other writers at the following writer newsgroups. These are also good places to ask advice and gain support from others in a similar situation. Here are some to get your teeth into:

alt.books.purefiction
Deals specifically with bestselling fiction.

alt.writing
For all sorts of writing.

alt.writing.scams
Check out scams that are aimed at writers.

Historical Fiction and Romance
Focuses on writing and marketing.

misc.writing
Deals with all aspects of writing.

misc.writing.screenplays
Aspects of writing and selling screenplays.

rec.arts.books
A general Usenet newsgroup for book lovers.

rec.arts.books.children
All aspects of children’s literature are discussed.

rec.arts.mystery
Mystery and crime books, plays and films are up for discussion.

rec.arts.poems
For the posting of poems.

rec.arts.prose
Short works of prose fiction and follow up discussions.

Romance Novels List
A list for the discussion of Romance novels.

uk.culture.arts.writing
For all genres and aspects of writing from a UK perspective.