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.  

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.  


Unknown said...


Yeah, know what you mean. I remember -- a long time ago -- having Thursday evening meet-ups at Borders in Cary. Talk screenwriting -- coffee -- friends. Good times. I wonder whatever happened to all those good folks? ;-)


Jax Cassidy said...

We must be living parallel lives. I've got the same hermit mentality problem and today I met my writing buddy and it was eye opening. Sometimes you need to socialize to help get inspired again!