The Gypsy Muse – Author Rachel Kenley

May 12, 2011

Thursday Favorite Things – Other Writers

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Don't do it alone

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.

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