At the beginning of this month, I was able to get together with two new friends from the States. Just last week I was in Wales meeting homeschoolers. On Saturday, I saw friends at an airshow. What's the common denominator? All three cases involved me in chatting to other writers.
Now, I don’t know about you, but to me “writing” brings up the image of a person sitting alone in a room. Probably most of us aren’t stereotypically introverted, quiet, and shy, but our craft tends to involve a lot of hard work that is achieved when apart from other people. The hours of research or key-tapping can actually be a break from a part-time job or hectic schedule. Even if this is the case, there is a heap of encouragement to be gained from talking to other writers.
Share the excitement of a new project,
Inspire energy in a slumping climax,
Challenge to set sights higher and tighten the plot,
Empathize about a bout of writer’s block, and
Encourage a weary one to press through to The End.
Maybe you’re disillusioned with the whole “writing thing.” Even if a friendly talk to a fellow-writer doesn’t go into details—even if it doesn’t venture beyond a discussion of theory or style or the difficulty of getting published—it can remind you that you’re not alone.
Maybe you’ve just published your third novel, have never been more excited, and are brimming with ideas to use up before your next deadline. Well, perhaps you’ll find yourself able to spark off some of that inspiration onto a fellow writer in the literary doldrums.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thess. 5:11
Have you been able to help or be helped by talking to other writers?
Am I wrong about the stereotype and most writers you know are quiet and shy? :)
Caitlin R. Hedgcock is a Christian author who aspires to use storytelling for God’s glory. She lives with her family in England's picturesque county of Hertfordshire. Visit her blog or Facebook page to find out more.