Even though writing is a solitary activity writers still need contact with other writers. We can’t expect to learn and grow remaining totally alone. The human contact with other writers, authors, editors, publishers is a must. There are two ways for this contact to happen:
1. Attend writers’ conferences. I have attended two conferences this fall. I will tell you specifically what I learned at these conferences in later posts. Basically, it’s a concentrated time to learn from people who have been in the business for a while. They share their knowledge, the ups and downs of being a writer, the joys and rejections. It’s a time to rub shoulders with people who make a living with their writing. You also get a chance to meet one-on-one with publishers and editors. Conferences are paramount for getting your name out there in the world of writing. (Have business cards to hand out with all your contact information).
2. Join a writers’ group. I belong to a fantastic group which I will also talk about in an upcoming post. Writers’ groups are people just like you who are learning and cultivating the craft of writing. We all need support, encouragement, and inspiration. You can get all three in a writers’ group.
I welcome your comments regarding attending conferences or joining writers’ groups.