This from a person who is never able to make her monthly chapter meetings, and is often forced by others to leave the house. I can get very hermit-like. But, after having lunch, I realized how much I've missed the interaction, how I need to make it a habit again, and how invigorating and inspiring it can be to just sit and talk to another writer.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Writing in a vacuum
So, I had lunch with my CP, Jenna Black, on Friday. It's been a while since we've seen each other. We used to meet once a week, but then things kind of trailed off . . . Anyway, we touched on the subject of writing in the vacuum. And I'm sure many of you know what I mean. Besides, having another eye when it comes to your writing, I think it's healthy for us introverts to actually get out once in a while. We need to talk to other writers, and share experiences, and learn new things. Even in a non-critiquing capacity. Just to be around folks who know what the writing life is all about; folks who can relate. It's nice to have that in a life often filled with solitary work. Those once a month writing chapter meetings are a great time to socialize, pick up new info and chill with other writers. Conferences, events, whatever . . . ya know? Anything to make you get out of those pajama pants, fix your hair, and escape from the writing den.