I am lying down outside on a sleeping bag, with my newly arrived modem that allows me to use wireless! I have rejoined 2009! My back is still tight, but I am becoming mobile and can type for a little while – I just cannot sit. It is great to be coming back – thank you Fed Ex man for delivering the little box labeled Bell Canada that has enabled me to get back to the blogging world. Is it really only 8 days?
Being out of touch, with my writing and my newly discovered blogging community of writers, has left me spending the week thinking about how isolating writing can be.
When I was doing my undergraduate degree in molecular biology one of my upper level teachers told us (her students) that she had chosen research because she was a solitary being and she thought she would work in isolation. Yet, she warned us that this is not so. As a scientist, one is constantly working with others.
I had never put much thought into my need to be part of a working group. It was only a few years after having my first child that I realized how crucial this is. Now, as a writer, I wonder, how do I stay connected?
Being part of a writer’s circle is helpful, but what about the time in between, after all these meetings are usually staggered by weeks.
Many of you work in non-writing fields, and write during the hours you create for yourself, but I assume that even you would feel the need to connect with others about your writing – how to not share something that is such an integral part of oneself?
There is a cliche about writers, that we all need isolation, perhaps in the woods, alone, undisturbed, creating. Of course, when I write I am working solitary, yet my inspiration comes from my environment, immediate and otherwise. We all influence each other. The on line world has been a wonderful development.
How do you, as a writer, stay connected with other writers?