This month I want to help spread a warm glow of reassurance out there for anyone who may feel tempted into locking down their muse in despair.
Writing can be lonely. You spend an awful lot of your time shut in a room by yourself with all that stuff that’s spilling out of your head onto the page.
Personally I don’t have a problem with that, but you can find yourself going a little loopy at times. After all – all your characters are different voices inside your head, and some of them can start to question whether what you’ve written is any good.
Which is why it’s important to get out there and find a support network.
These things take time, like any relationship, you rub along and try a few things and hook up with people here and there, and you may not even realise it until something happens and those people come out of the woodwork to show their support.
And that’s awesome.
My last post told you about how I’ve been shortlisted in a flash fiction competition. Well, if it weren’t for the feedback and support from my writer buddies at Exeter Writers and Holly Lisle’s Think Sideways Bootcamp, that piece wouldn’t have made the grade. And it’s the support and lovely comments since then that have given me a warm fuzzy glow inside that reinforces how lucky I am to be doing what I love with the best colleagues and support network I could ask for.
So get out there people – go help all those poor lonely writers!