When I started out in fiction writing, I got some misguided advice to stay away from other writers (they’re the competition and they don’t buy books). So I toiled away alone for a couple of years, often yearning for a learning community of people who love writing as much as I do.
A few months ago, I joined the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and it’s been exhilarating and amazing. I’m in a critique group with three other novelists and I’m overjoyed for how nitpicky they are.
When I listen to a symphony, I can enjoy the music, but since I’ve never played an instrument, I have very little to say other than “I like it.” Now I have the chance to work with writers who know the guts of a novel, its plot development, dialogue, character arcs, and themes. We can talk shop and know we’re not boring each other.
I realized that other writers are my friends and support network, not people to be avoided. It’s not like buying a car… readers buy dozens of books a year. And I’m a writer who buys books, especially in the same genre I’m writing. After all, I write what I like to read, and I never would have started writing if I didn’t first love reading.
Whatever your interests, there’s a group out there for you, whether in person or online, and it’s easier than ever to find them.
Please comment below and share your passion!
Have a wonderful day and take care,
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2 thoughts on “Why you need to find your tribe”
So true Grete! I am passionate about music. I love to play and listen to Classical music. It is so much more fun to practice when a bunch of crazy musicians get together to jam (if Bach and Beethoven music is jamming)! When we are together the time flies by and music fills the air! Although we do not get together often enough, it is nice to know that when we do, music is the language of friendship!
That sounds amazing, Tina!