“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
“No man (or woman) is an island.” This saying is so true. We need each other to get through difficult times and celebrate good times. God didn’t make us to be solitary creatures. He meant for us to have fellowship and relationships with other people. Through those relationships we can encourage each other, lend a helping hand, and be a shoulder to cry on or a strong arm of support.
Writing is a solitary activity, but writers are not supposed to be solitary people. Every writer needs other writers. We need to be spurred on to keep going when rejection letters come our way. We must have critiques of our writing done lovingly by fellow writers so we can grow our craft. Writers need people around them who speak the same language and have experienced the same struggles regarding writing.
The writer of Hebrews knew it was important for Christians in the new church to have others they could count on. Christians today must continue meeting together in worship and fellowship to encourage and support each other.
Writers can learn from these verses. We also need to meet in groups routinely for fellowship and support. A small group of writer friends we can depend on to help us with our writing and keep pushing us is essential for our growth in this craft.
It’s OK to find a quiet place to write alone, but don’t forget the support you can receive and the encouragement you can give by including other writers in your life.