Stop Writing Alone

I’m sitting here at my local Barnes & Noble Cafe waiting for another member from my writing group because we have a meeting today. It’s called a “Write-In.” What do we do here? Simple. We write. No prompts, no activities led by me or any other members, simply a time and space reserved for each of us to write. (Check out my previous post called What To Do With Your Writing Group? to see all of the different types of meetings we have.)

Perhaps you think the idea is silly. “Why waste the time traveling and scheduling? Why not just write at home?” It’s a valid question — one I have even asked myself in the past — however, I have come to see a number of benefits from these meetings not least of which revolves around a topic I can’t stop thinking about lately.

I want people to stop writing alone.

I think it’s actually really important. I am shocked by how many writers are still practicing in private, not realizing the benefits and, I dare say, the necessity of sharing their writing practice with others.

My project today while I am here at this write in is to sketch out my ideas on this topic. For months they have floated around in my head while I have worked on other things and spent every writing moment on my WIP. Now is my chance to release the threads of thought that I do believe can be sown into something beautiful.

I look forward to sharing it with you when it starts to look like something.

For now, I ask you, do you still write alone? If not, who are your people — are you finding your community virtually or actually, are you simply critiquing, or have you advanced to collaborating as well? How did you take your first steps into sharing your work and practice?

To say I am curious about this topic would be the understatement of the century.

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