"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Online World for Writers

Today's blog is about the online world of writers. There are some great writer communities out there and I highly recommend any author, published or not, check them out. From Twitter's #amwriting trend to websites like Miss Snark's First Victim, there is just something about seeing what your peers are going through that offers some form of comfort.

Who knows...maybe I'm just odd but somehow knowing that there is someone else out there who totally gets that sudden and overwhelming urge to thump your head against the wall (or your desk) because your main character decides to up and runaway to Rome without consulting you or finally realizing there is a massively gaping hole in the middle of your plot that you had missed during the 9 read-through's before.

Yup! No matter what it is I promise you there is most likely someone out there that feels your pain. And that it why the writer communities are so great. You can find those people, you can talk things out, and get their opinions. Because after all, if anyone is going to get you, it will be your fellow writers.

In the end, just know it is a struggle. But that's what makes it so worth it. If it was easy to get published -- to be a success -- it wouldn't feel like an accomplishment once it happens.

And until that day....

P.S. I just wanted to say hello to my new followers. :) If any of you have a site that you absolutely can't live without I would love to hear about it in the comments! And I doubt I'm the only one that would check them out.


Nicole said...

It does feel great not to be the only one suffering through the writing process. But at the same time I look at these websites sometimes and see all the great writers out there struggling to get published and think...wow, I am NEVER going to get published! Its a doubled edged sword for me.

C.M. Villani said...

I know that feeling too, but you know what I think? That's when you use those feelings to push yourself harder to hone your skills. It will help make you a better writer!

Post a Comment