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Ganging up on Isolation

The Rich Writer: Ganging up on Isolation

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ganging up on Isolation


In my last post, I talked about isolation as one of the four challenges we face as writers.  Hopefully I’ve convinced you that even introverted writer-types need the occasional human contact for our well-being—especially contact with other writers.

And no, four legged furry friends don’t count!

But how do you find writerly humans to contact? Step #1 is to step outside your comfort zone and start looking. Here are some possible places to connect:

SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) offers a myriad of resources for connecting writers.

Classes: check out your local Continuing Education program for a writing class that interests you. In addition to learning something, you’ll get to know other local writers—this is a great place to recruit critique group members.

Online Resources such as news groups, listserves, blogs, and Twitter provide a spot for writers to touch base with one another. You’re not necessarily going to manage full-length conversations via blog comments or Twitter chat, but it’s a great place to connect for encouragement, accountability, and reality checks. Here are a few of my favorites:

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At March 25, 2010 at 2:43 PM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

Thanks for the reminder that it's important to make contact with other who write. Even though I don't really want to spend the money and take myself out of my chair to meet new people (!!!!) I think I will go to the NoCo conference this weekend. Will be giving PPW a miss this year.


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