Ten years ago I was newly married, living in a new city, sans kids, and alone a LOT as the hubs was starting a new business. My community existed of my husband, a betta fish named Albie, and a hyper puppy named Trogdor the Burninator.
I turned to writing.
In the past ten years, my writing has turned from a hobby to a career, led to starting a creatively driven business, and most important of all, opened the floodgate to a tribe of friends that I am eternally grateful for.
Writing does not have to be lonely.
In fact, it’s much better when it’s not.
[Note: You might call it a community, team, posse, clan. Insert your favorite word for your peeps as you read on!]
First of all, you kinda have to leave your house.
I know, I know. Introverts Unite. Trust me. Totally get it.
While you can find people to connect with online, and that’s exactly how one of my strongest tribes started, eventually, you need to be in the same room with your tribe.
I’ve been reminded about how grateful I am for my writing tribe recently.
With the release of my new book, Song of Destiny, they not only cheered for me, but they ran contests and giveaways, invited me to post in and takeover their reader groups, wrote cover blurbs for me, shared my release with their readers and friends...all without me even asking.
They also helped me work through some major issues I’m having with a book I’m drafting. And went with me to visit a grave.
The grave and the book are related.
When you’re facing writer’s block, self-doubt, dead-end plots, self-doubt, cliche storylines, self-doubt, creative burnout, self-doubt, your tribe will be there for you. And you’ll be there for them.
They’ll remind you that you can actually write and that you don’t have to struggle alone.
Do you have a tribe like that? If not, don’t worry. They are out there.
Finding a writing tribe can be a trial and error process spread over many years. For most of us, it won’t happen overnight. It takes a lot to learn to be vulnerable with people, from our selves to our stories.
Just remember, the first step of any journey is often the scariest. But take it, and it’ll make the rest so much easier. Here's a link to a fun, motivational video:
If you’ve already found your writing support team, congratulations! Would you be willing to share how you found your tribe?
Christina Delay is the hostess of Cruising Writers as well as an award-winning author of Young Adult Fantasy and Adult Suspense. She may also have a new series out under a pen name. When she's not cruising the Caribbean, she's dreaming up new writing retreats to take talented authors on or giving into the demands of imaginary people to tell their stories.
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