Surviving as a Writer: Community is Key

I have learned a very important lesson this past week while I was pursuing an idea that had been floating around in my head for awhile. I had this idea where I asked the few writers that I have met through Twitter, forums, CP exchanges, etc. if they wanted to start a group writing blog with me. I know that I already pretty much document my every move of this writing journey on my own blog here but I had this itch to share it with others, to work alongside my fellow aspiring writers and learn more about it than I could from just pondering things over by myself.

To my surprise, the idea spread like wildfire and I got 11 other writers involved on this project with me.

It moved faster and with more enthusiasm than I could have ever dreamed and I am really convinced now that writers are some of the most passionate people out there!  At first it was a little overwhelming sorting out the details and trying to really get to know every writer who joined in on this endeavor, but I also realized something very magical. Being surrounded by this mass of enthusiasm, no matter how crazy it could get sometimes, was a huge inspirational boost! After one week of talking with these girls, I feel like I am bursting at the seams with passion and perseverance for writing like never before.

At least for myself, I feel much more determined when I have other people backing me up and cheering me on. The amount of encouragement that pours out of my fellow bloggers is staggering and I just can’t imagine a better life than to be able to write for a living and have supporters like this. And that is what writers need. It can be a very lonely job being a writer. For us, we have worlds living in our heads that are pounding on the inside of our skulls to get out. But no one can really get them out except us, so we spend countless hours toiling over how to tell our stories exactly right. If you don’t have a support group, that can get overwhelming and eventually lead to giving up.

Giving up is the last thing I want to do now that I have made the commitment to writing, so I am trying to set myself up for success by surrounding myself with positive and helpful individuals. It is the smartest thing you can do.

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Now for the PLUG part of this entry. As described above, we have started our own group writing blog and it consists of writers in a range of ages, genres, and positions in their writing careers. Do you write Adult? We do too. Are you just starting out? Got some of those writers too. Are you currently querying? Imagine that, so are we! So, yeah. We pretty much have all the bases covered with this group and I am super excited.

Please support us as we plan to go live this Saturday, January 19, 2013. The URL is www.thewriterdiaries.com or follow our Twitter handle at @writerdiaries

Want to meet the group beforehand? Check out our writer’s individual blogs below!

Summer Heacock
Angi Black
Brianna Shrum
Vicki Orians
Jen Naumann
Kelsey Macke
Lauryn April
Tabitha Martin
Vikki
Chynna-Blue Scott
Sarah L. Blair

We plan on sharing our innermost thoughts on everything and anything writing in order to better understand our journey and to help you with yours. Hope to see you all there!

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4 thoughts on “Surviving as a Writer: Community is Key

  1. I’m really excited for this new blog! It looks like the support is unbelievable and I would love to hear/read your journeys. I’m very new at this, trying to finish book and publising, that I think this blog would inspire me and give me that extra courage I need.

    • Awesome! I am glad we have given off that vibe even though it has not launched yet 🙂 …Hope to see you over there and always feel free to comment on what we throw out there.

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