I actually created a discord account specifically to join this because I wanted something other than the forum. The forum is fine, but cluttered with promotions and other things. And discussions sometimes turn unnecessarily negative. Also, sometimes you want to actually connect with individuals for more than this topic or that. Have conversations, congratulate each other on successes, discuss questions, whatever. Yeah, you can do that in the forums, but it's more... detached?
Note: This is a comic/novel discord - it has authors and artists and also some aspiring. It's also pretty chill. I know there are people in here who are part of other discords, though, and at least one is specifically for novelists.