Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Walkabout Wednesday: Why Authors Need Each Other

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.
(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 47:

I am at a writers retreat for the next few days. Think of it as a cross between a writers conference and a slumber party. While prepping for this annual excursion I found myself reflecting on conferences, retreats, critique groups, etc. I came to a rather monumental conclusion: Authors need each other.

We're not normal. We talk to voices in our heads and spend hours on end contemplating story arcs and character journeys. Discussions of point of view and unreliable narrators could last for days, weeks, years. We pour our hearts and souls into manuscripts we then willingly turn over to our fellow authors so they can tell us precisely what is wrong with it. Rejections, even if they reach into the hundreds, not only do not deter us, they spur us on.

No one else is like this.

If our unique mentality weren't enough to set us apart, we daily immerse ourselves in an undertaking that is, by its very nature, isolating. We sit in corners (yes, often dark ones) and stare at computer screens. Our minds are in a different world all together, with people who exist only in our imaginations. This world of our own creating often pulls and tugs at us as we go about our day. At times, our writing consumes our thoughts and dominates our conversations and pretty much annoys the living heck out of everyone around us.

This is why we need each other. We need to know that there are people who get it. We need the support, the encouragement, the extra shove toward improvement. Mostly, we need some reassurance that though we may be a touch crazy, it's a crazy we share with someone else.

So, happy writing to my fellow writers.

Keep it up.


Embrace the crazy.

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Melanie J said...

I just finished my first month with my new critique group, one I was finally able to put together after almost three years of writing without one.

All I have to say to you is, "Amen!"

Valerie Ipson said...

Here's to embracing the crazy! Glad you came to retreat!

Annette Lyon said...

I could write a massive comment here, but to sum up: AMEN!


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