I’ve been thinking lately about how lucky I am to be in the writing community. I’ve made connections with generous people who go out of their way to help me in my writing craft and in my career. For example, my AKRWA critique group has spent months reading my entire draft and several revisions of my current project. Several writers (including a well-known author who I will not name so she doesn’t get inundated with requests) have given me feedback on my pitch so I can send out queries to agents. Others encouraged me to present a workshop at our Writers and Illustrators Conference this month.
I am grateful for what the writing community has done for me in all those concrete, measurable ways. But I’m even more thankful for the intangible things I’ve received.
Having someone encourage you and support your writing does more than make you a better writer. It also helps you as a human being, and usually vice versa. There’s a reason most of my close friends come from the writing community. I have formed a bond with them beyond attending meetings and discussing words. We’ve shared our lives, and parts of our souls, with each other. That’s a gift I will always cherish.
My writing community creates connections I need in my life. Dear reader, perhaps you’ve found your own writing community, or there’s a different kind of community in your life. Whatever it is, I encourage you to reach out and make connections with others. It will enrich your life, and the lives of those around you.