Writing is a solitary occupation. As writers, we sit in our home offices, or at a coffee shop, or wherever the muse takes us, and we create fantastic worlds populated with wonderful characters. We're never truly alone. But we do often insulate ourselves and the fact that many of us don't venture into the office for work and don't get a lot of social contact can be problematic.
Thank God for the internet.
The one thing that seems to connect us all is our online presence. For example, the writers I'm closest to are mostly on one of my writer loops. We're like family. We keep confidences, feel free to let it all hang out when we're struggling, and love each other. We really do. Of the people on that list, I've probably only met 1/3 of them in person. But we've known each other for years. I am not exaggerating when I say that the women on that loop have saved my bacon more times than I can count.
Then there's facebook and twitter...I know a lot of social media can turn out to be a time suck, but I often wonder what authors did years ago before e-mail and online communities. They probably had a much better balanced life, actually, but I'm wondering if they shared the same camaraderie on a daily basis that I can enjoy with my fellow romance writers.
|With Fi and Jenna at the Samhain post-RITA party|
I'm also looking forward to meeting new writers, catching up with ones I haven't seen in a long time, and sharing a drink at the bar. I'm not going to RWA Nationals this year, but I can honestly say that any time we all get together in the same city, it's not just information that we share. There's a bond between us that keeps us going. That makes us hopeful about the things to come in publishing. That let us know that it's going to be okay.
I ALWAYS return from conferences and even my chapter meetings energized about my career and usually about my current story, too.
Don't underestimate the importance of your friends as you navigate your way through writing for publication. Those relationships are important and rewarding.
Thank you, friends. I appreciate you more than you know.
Donna's next book, BENEATH THE BADGE, scored a 4.5 star rating from Romantic Times. The reviewer called it "a beautiful romance that will remind readers a little of early JoAnn Ross or very early Nora Roberts." It releases on May 28th from Samhain Publishing.