The Importance of Friends

Something I love to talk about is how important it is to surround yourself with a community of people when you’re a writer.

Writing is a solitary business. It’s something you mostly do on your own. You sit down and you write your book (or article or poem, etc) and it’s just you. 

Just because writing is solitary doesn’t mean it has to be lonely.

It is so important to surround yourself with other writers. Twitter is a beast, but it’s a great place to meet fellow writers in the same place in their career as you. You can also find local writing groups (and online writing groups!) in order to find a sense of community. 

However, you don’t want your only friends to be writers. This can be difficult. Make sure to keep friends outside of the industry as well. You want people you can complain to when a scene isn’t coming together, or to cry to when you get a rejection, or to celebrate with when you get an offer of representation or a publishing deal. However, you also want people to be with when the last thing you want to talk about is your WIP. Having groups within and outside of the writing community is really important.

If writing groups and Twitter aren’t your thing, you can also use websites like Query Tracker and other querying sites or blogs and message boards to connect with people who are in the same boat as you. Once you have found your community, hold tight. You may be writing alone, but you’re all in this together.

xoxo Tia

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