For years, as I have tried and failed to become published, I have read that it is beyond important to become connected with other writers. Networking, those-in-the-know advise, is the best way to meet people who can help you become a better writer and guide you toward success (publication). Two years ago I finally bit the bullet and decided to join a writers’ association. A published friend recommended the Georgia Romance Writers because they are so nurturing and supportive of new writers, even if what you write isn’t really romance. I found this to be true. It has been a wonderful way to “stick my toe in.” I haven’t been completely at home, because romance writers are a breed unto themselves. I stand in awe of how quickly they turn out a great product, often manipulating a well-established formula with admirable creativity. I just can’t write that fast. Nonetheless they will occupy a special place in my heart forever for their generosity and kindness. If you are a struggling writer in Georgia whose works have elements of romance, I highly recommend checking them out.
Now, as you know, I am in this class and connecting with other writers through the message board, including the instructor. Wow, what a rush! Suddenly sitting at my dining room table trying to write amidst a million other claimants on my time doesn’t feel so lonely. Between the class and the blogging, I am starting to feel like part of a community. I’m not the only one with multiple balls in the air, and I am not alone in the need for a dose of confidence.
So to other unpublished writers, who remain lurking just out of sight as I did for so many years, I say those-who-know really do know. Don’t be afraid to speak up. The community of writers is a welcoming one indeed.