Today I'm pondering the entire concept of the writer's life. By definition, unless you are working with a co-author, it is a solitary effort. You sit down at your desk, table, bench, etc and pound out the story you want to tell.
But is it really a solo effort? As writers everything around us impacts how and what we write. What we read, what shows we watch, what music we enjoy,the news of the day - all of these build inside to contribute to what we write. Nothing is original, to one aspect or another everything we do will have some elements of having been done before. The ghosts of writers ahead of us march alongside our work.
Another aspect is that of actual interaction with fellow writers- people on various stages of the same path you and I are working our way down.
Some folks are completely without other writer contact (difficult in this day and age of social media over-load). They don't contact other writers in groups, blogs, or websites. Only through the reading of another's published novel will they have another writer in their lives.
Then, at the other end, are the writer-interaction-aholics. These folks are in tons of writers' groups, may have more than one crit group and/or partners/ and probably follow a dozen or so writer-centric blogs.
Neither side is wrong, it's just a matter of finding what works for you. Thinking about it I'd have to say I'm somewhere near the middle with a slight leaning towards the solitary side. I love my writer friends, and hanging around them empowers me and gives me strength. But at the same time too much writer-centric interaction sometimes drains me. I lose track of the writing.
I am a member of a major writing group, and have good writer friends, but am not part of a crit group, nor have a regular crit partner. Right now this is ok, while I'd love to find someone at a similar point in their writing process for a crit partner at some point, I'm not sure if this is the time.
What do you all think? Is writing solitary or not? What is your level of "writer interaction"?
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