It Takes a Village. . .

. . . to raise a writer.

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.

So for all of you who are in my on-line village, just visiting, or who haven’t yet found it.  Welcome!  And thank you!

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11 responses

  1. Very true and well stated!

    December 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  2. snagglewordz

    I moved to this village in October and am planning to stay because I love it so much! It’s true, writing is a solitary endeavour, but the support within the village is wonderful and the other inhabitants, great company. Location, location, location!

    December 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    • >>Location, location, location!<<
      That's what they say! LOL What really makes it great is that, in my area, there aren't many writing groups. The few there are usually meet during the week, 1/2 hour-45 minutes away, at 7:00 pm. I just can't do that. I have to get up at 3:50 a.m. With my schedule and other responsibilities, as much as I'd enjoy it, I just can't swing it.

      December 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      • snagglewordz

        Whoa, 3:50am? Well i can see why you wouldn’t want to be traveling too far out of the way for evening writing groups! Thank goodness for the Village 🙂

        December 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      • I’m so thankful for my village! And it is growing every day. Thanks for being a part of it. 🙂

        December 19, 2011 at 6:31 am

  3. haha – what’s especially eerie? When people in your online writing village fall onto the same wavelength and get the same ideas 😉 I’m touching on this very subject in a post coming up!

    Really loved your thoughts on it. I must say I’m very happy and you and I ended up in the same warm and supportive place 🙂

    December 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    • Thanks, Krista! Can’t wait to read your post on it. 🙂 The funny thing is, I had a different post in mind, but then a couple things happened over the morning that just spurred this one on.

      December 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

  4. Unfortunately, hanging out in the virtual parks and pubs are a lot more fun than editing or rewriting…just one more beer/refresh of facebook/stumble-upon….

    December 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

    • Oh yeah! And the bad thing is — they’re always open! 🙂

      December 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

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