More often than not, writing is a solitary endeavor. It does take a village to make a work really shine, but face-to-face interaction is still minimal as we can communicate and give feedback through this wonderful thing called email now.
I think its vital for every writer to pick at least one event per year where they can be just that, a writer. A day or two where you put everything else aside and focus on this passion that drives us. It's a rejuvenating experience to be surrounded by readers and writers, people that understand the ups and downs that you go through when you're sitting behind your computer, writing those first drafts, editing that fiftieth draft, or reading the hundredth rejection letter.
It doesn't have to cost much, if anything. Perhaps you join a writing group, or partake in a local library's author event. Attending conferences is fun, and immerses you in the world of writing for a more extended period of time. It can be a little nerve wracking at first. You might wonder if you really "deserve" to attend a writing event. But trust me, you do. There is someone exactly like you, wondering the exact same thing at those events.
And there are those who used to be in your shoes, and those that are waiting for you to drop your current shoes so they can reach the point where you are now.
Next weekend, Saturday May 14th, Suzi (our copy/line editor) and myself (developmental editor) will be at Bookcon for the whole day, putting on our writer/reader hats and diving into the world of books. If you're going to be there as well, let us know! We'd love to meet up with you.
If you've never heard about Bookcon and will be in the Chicago area next weekend, go here to check out all the neat stuff.
Hope to see you there!