I am very blessed. I have a lot of writers in my life. Several of my closest friends write fiction, as I do, and when I’m going through a frustrating period whether in a new work or in not being able to get anything on the page, they give me support, understanding and a kick in the muse so that I get going again.
I belong to the Essex Writers and Artists Guild in Haverhill, MA. We are a non-critique (support only) group who meets Thursday nights. Knowing that they are there to listen to my work or to have the chance to listen to theirs is a comfort and an inspiration. The emails during the week make me laugh and help me to remember the importance of taking that next step forward. I do NaNoWriMo with a bunch of them and we go away several times a year on retreat. It’s wonderful.
I am also a member of the International Women’s Writers Guild, another place of support, encouragement and inspiration. Their conferences are like a buffet of words and connection.
I’ve met and spoken to writers who are on their own and I can see how hard it is for them. The internet world does help some to find others and that’s a good thing. Writing is solitary enough. We need like minded people, other’s as crazy as we are and who understand our madness.
Where do you get your support?