October already. There's no end to the subject matter I can pull up to address my insecurities. One thing I've felt a lot of in the past three months is being out of touch with other writers. Starting in July, I've had on and off computer issues. Viruses, malware, unidentified issues that have kept me off line or forced me to use the old slow desktop. Some days I only had time to visit three or four blogs and my posting fell way off from about five times a week to one or two times. I felt out of touch with the writing community I've come to count on over the past twelve months. I felt alone.
I don't mind being alone 90% of the time but even when I am, I know other writers are out there, just a few clicks away. When I didn't have a computer, I was cut off. I couldn't visit the blogs that make me laugh, the ones that teach me something, the ones I can just totally agree with it and maybe even add something to it in the comments. It was a temporary situation but there are still moments when I feel I need to do more to keep in touch.
A few of the local members of the statewide group, Pennwriters, meet once a month at a local library and have a critique session. I've only made it once since I decided I must have some actual face time with other writers but I'm determined to get there more. By joining this fun blog idea of Alex Cavanaugh's
, I'm making more friends and being comforted by learning I share the same problems in my writing career as other authors. Sign up
and share your insecurities.
I have a few friends I know I can email when a specific problem or question arises. Many people gave me advice and pointed me to the information I needed to self-publish my book on Kindle.
(Nobody had been able to tell me yet how to get through the logjam on Smashwords any quicker though).
There are ways to keep in touch even if you can't attend meetings in person. I'm still building an online circle of support and hope I provide a little to others. So stay in touch. When you feel frustrated and all alone, check out your bloggy friends or other online groups. Investigate writers' groups on your area, usually they have notices in the paper or maintain a website, and try to get some face time. Even attending booksignings can put you in touch with other local writers.
What do you do if the isolation of being a writer starts to get to you? What's your favorite way to stay in touch with fellow authors?