I'd been writing for a couple years before I found the community of authors I now know. It's a lonely world out there without them. I didn't realize how much I needed them to become the writer I am today. It's that connection that we all need in this tough world. They've been there to encourage and edify me. They were there when I needed help composing a proposal for the first time. And, they were there when I started looking for an agent.
With the internet, it's so much easier to find groups and others like ourselves. It's amazing how God can connect someone from across the country to us in a very personal way. We should utilize these associations to help us continue forward. There are others ways to join that world.
- As hard as blogging and social media can be, it's a vital tool to hook us up to our audience, whether that's your readers or support for writers. Start one if you haven't already, and stick to it.
- Local writing groups are a great way to meet people face to face who have a common goal. I loved it when I got a chance to attend a meeting with one of my friends recently. I left refreshed and ready to get back to my computer to get some work done.
- Book signings are also a great way to meet authors and to make new connections. Authors love to share their journey, and many are eager to help fellow writers.
Step out and create some new connections. You'll gain more than advice or education, you'll gain new friends and relationships that can move you forward in your writing journey.