Writing is both a solitary and joint venture. Only you can write your book, but you're not the only one out there trying to get words on the page. I love the writing community. I've never felt like I belonged anywhere until now. Reaching out to other writers was one of the best things I did for myself and my writing.
The internet has opened up the writing world. I wasn't sure how to find writers locally, but it was easy to find writing blogs online. I love bloggers! I love that I can read the stories of so many aspriring/successful writers. It helps me feel less alone—I'm not the only person struggling or succeeding or working hard to make it.
I love the true friends I've made in the writing community. I never expected to have so many wonderful people in my life, and I feel blessed everyday for having people who get me and my writing, who've been "there," who are facing the same things I am. I would never have made it this far without their support and critiques.
I love the writers I've had a chance to meet locally. They've all been so kind and positive and smart. I can't wait to meet more of you guys. There's nothing like the energy at a writer's event. Even for this introvert, it's electrifying.
I love everyone who takes the time to visit my blog, and I constantly wish I had the time to visit everyone's like I used to. But I try to keep up, and it really does make my day when your comments pop up in my inbox.
The editors and agents out there are fabulous too! I love how so many take the time to help aspiring writers. They are there for writers—they really are. They aren't our enemies; they're our advocates. They love books, and I love that we have partners in this business, because I can't imagine trying to do it all on my own.
I love how helpful writers are in general. Sure, there's a few sour grapes out there, but I haven't run across many at all. Most writers have been more than kind—they go out of their way to give back. They're so hopeful, even through all the hard work and tough times. When I'm feeling down, there are so many people willing to help me back up. I can't express how grateful I am for that. You guys are freaking awesome.
I just love love love being part of this amazing community.