Writers spend most of their time alone, huddled over the keyboard writing. That’s the nature of the job. When they do emerge from their self-imposed silence it is important for them to network with other writers. Writers need each other for a number of reasons. Here are some of them:
- Writers benefit on an emotional level from talking with other writers who understand what they are going through. Other writers are the perfect audience to listen to their most recent bout of writer’s block or to listen to a great idea they came up with for their book.
- Encouragement from other writers usually will keep a writer going for a while when going through a particularly difficult period in the writing or publishing process. Your spouse may sympathize, but it is most helpful to hear encouragement from someone who really understands what you are trying to accomplish.
- Sharing. In addition to sharing on an emotional level, sharing on a practical level is another important reason why writers need other writers. Writers learn through their experience how to connect to agents, editors and other writers. If you’re in need of resources, another writer will often have an idea to help you.
- Critique. Writers understand the writing process and what you are trying to accomplish and can often give a good critique on your writing. At times, you may want an outside opinion from a typical reader, but often the best critique a writer will receive is an honest assessment of his writing from another writer.
- Process. Writers know the process from first word to publication. Most often new writers learn from those who have been at it a while how the process works. For a writer just stating out, talking to a seasoned writer can often save lots of time. No need to follow the path that another has already marked as a dead end.
Networking is valuable to writers. If you don’t know how to contact other writers look around for a writers’ association, organization, or guild in your area. Many times you can find the listing for this on line or through the local newspaper. After all, the staff of the newspaper is a group of writers. If you find an organization, become active. Often these groups put people together in critique groups to help each other. If there are no groups in your area, you can seek out writers on line for the same purpose. In any case, writers do need other writers, so don’t stay tucked away at your desk all of the time.