Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Definition Please: Community

Writing is a lonely business. We spend all our time staring at a piece of paper or a computer screen, pouring out the things that only we see. We squeak in as much time as we can from our every day lives. If we are really lucky, this is our full-time gig and we do it all day. And we love it. We love to put little pieces of ourselves into words. It's still lonely.

That's why we need community. People who understand what we are doing. Where we have been and where we are going. Why we feel driven to do it.

My writing life and my personal life has been enriched and supported by the people I have met in the writing community. When I'm having a down day, there's always a blog post or a comment from someone that picks me up again. When I'm enjoying a bit of success, there's someone out there doing a happy dance with me. It makes the journey a little less lonely. For a career path that leans toward the solitary, having a sense of community seems pretty important.

To all of you who have become part of my community, thank you. From the bottom of my feet. Because the bottom of my heart just doesn't feel like enough. You will never know how much you mean to me.

What does community mean to you? How has being part of a writing community helped you?


Elana Johnson said...

Oh, I absolutely would not be where I am without my writing community. I started writing on the QT blog because of the forum I joined and the friends I made there. All my beta readers come from various communities. They provide me with much-needed encouragement and friendship and make this journey toward publication bearable. Cuz let's face it, it's dang hard.

Kristi said...

Hey you! Been missing you lately during my crazy blogging hiatus!

Couldn't agree more whole-heartedly with this post. The writing community has really surpised me and I find myself at home with all of the cool people I've met. So for me, Community is just that, a group of friends to celebrate life with...whether it be struggles, hardships, celebrations, achievements...WHATEVER!

T. Anne said...

I agree! The blogging community has lent me so much support and entertainment, not to mention friendship, it has proved invaluable. It's nice to meet you!!!

PJ Hoover said...

I adore my online community. I get so much from them and can't imagine how things were before I had them.

Jody Hedlund said...

I agree 100 percent!! I don't know what I'd do without a loving and supportive community of writers that we have online!

Kayeleen said...

Thanks to all of you for being part of my community. I love learning with and from you.