A writers journey is a long and winding road. Its been know to be fraught with loneliness, reclusiveness, hysteria, negativity, self-doubt…..
And hopefully all the good things like agents and publication and success!! Like the way it feels all warm and fuzzy inside to know you have finally finished your first MS. Or how it feels the first time you meet another writer and rejoice in knowing there are other crazy, hysterical, temperamental, creative wonderful people out there just like you? Or how it feels to go along for the ride when another writer finally makes their first big sale and you cry tears of joy just because?
Once you recognise there is a writer inside you waiting to be born, I can say without reservation – find your nearest writing community and join them. Even if the group does not write the same stuff you are working on. In my neck of the woods the only writing organisation is for romance. It took me almost a year to make the decision to join, and let me say I kicked myself for not joining sooner.
RWNZ is fabulous, consisting of all genres including romance. – so need I say I felt like a complete fool? I meet both published and unpubbed authors once a month at our Chapter meetings and let me just say what a wonderful bunch of ladies (and gentleman) they are. Now this might sound a bit like a soppy lovefest but you know what? I have met some wonderful people who have supported and encouraged me endlessly.
And I have found I have the knack for being supporting and encouragin right back. I have also found two crique partners who struck the right chord for me in terms of personality and the genre they write in. All that said, I confess I am still a tad bit reclusive.
Sometimes I like to retreat from the world to just write, emails, blogs and tweets are sometime far too much for my sensitivities… But I am getting better. I have made the resolution – a blog a week to begin with. Wish me Luck!!