It Takes a Village. . .
What a glorious place is the www and all the social networking opportunities. Although many people look down their noses at all of it, it really is an awesome entity.
As many of you will attest, we writers are solitary individuals. Oh, I’m sure there are plenty of gregarious authors out there, schmoozing it up, but for many of us it’s not high on our list of things to do. And writing, for the most part, is a solitary endeavor.
Yet, we need contact, and not just any contact. We need the contact of like-minded souls. People who understand our need to find just the right phrase. Who know what its like to having characters running amuck in your head, and don’t think it’s a cause to call the men in the white coats. People who hear phrases like, “Lose the statives.” and don’t need an explanation of what a stative is.
Unfortunately, life being what it is, and with the basic needs of food and shelter, many writers find that writing, family, and day job = very little time left to interact with other writers.
Enter *cue music* The World Wide Web!!!!
Not a new concept, granted. But you never really appreciate it fully until you need it. Through the www and things like FaceBook and Twitter, writers can connect with other writers a world away. Connect, learn, trade ideas, vent, rant, rave, and everything in between. And suddenly, the solitary writer is surrounded by other solitary writers without ever leaving the comfort of their desk. We can write, edit, re-write, and take a two minute break to tweet or message someone just to break up the monotony or to help pick us up and brush us off when our dream agent just sent us a form rejection.
This entry was posted on December 9, 2011 by K. L. Schwengel. It was filed under Platform Building, Social Networking, Writing and was tagged with authors, creative people, networking, platform building, working, writing, writing tools.