I’ve been writing for a long time, published a few times, and keep on moving along like the proverbial tortoise, go tortoise! Anyway, I like to think that in that time I’ve gained some smidgen of insight into something to do with writing.
When people ask me about writing resources, I have a few staples that I recommend right away. For a long time, one of those has been the Writer’s Digest Community. This has been a great little place for information, blogs, and to connect with other writers. I’ve been a member for a long time and I always recommend it to other writers, as a special bonus, the community is free.
A little while ago I got an email informing me that as of November 30, the Writer’s Digest Community is shutting down. That made me sad. I’m not sure why it is closing, I assume so that the good people at Writer’s Digest can focus their energy on more financially beneficially projects. Whatever the reason, I will be sad to see it go. I started reading so many blogs from this site, got so many helpful hints and tips and met so many other awesome writers. I have always been a big fan of Writer’s Digest magazine, as well as their many publications, newsletters, forums and tutorials, and that won’t change, but I will still miss this valuable resource.
All this got me thinking about the writer’s group in the city I live in. I have been a member for several years and was even vice president for two of them. That said, I hadn’t been to an actual physical meeting in a while. Why? Oh well, you know, laundry, oil changes, work, dogs, writing, travel, summer, volunteering, you know how these lists go, excuse after excuse. The week I found out about the end of the online community just happened to be the week of the general monthly meeting for the London Writers Society and I went. The place was packed, (we get a nice upturn in membership when the weather starts to nosedive) it was a great meeting with lots of ideas and great conversation. It was at one of those meetings, several years ago now, where I first met other writers and realized I wasn’t a freak show. Well, I still was, but it was okay because I’m a writer. I’ve made some great friends there over the years and I hope to make many more.
To say writing is a lonely pursuit is a big goofy cliché, but it is. For most writers, that’s part of its appeal. I love spending hours by myself, picking away, lost in a story and a character, a world unto itself. That said, having support, encouragement and the advice of other writers is a valuable and often elusive resource. I will miss the online community at Writer’s Digest, but I think I will start making a regular appearance at the general meeting of the London Writers Society again. At the last meeting I saw a dude who looked just like a young Orson Welles, but I didn’t get a chance to talk to him. You just never know who you might run into.