Yesterday, my mailman was very good to me. I received my May/June issue of “Writer’s Digest” and my April issue of “Romance Writer’s Report”. As it happens, it seems I hit the mother lode of “good stuff” in these magazines. I found articles that detailed the qualities of successful writers, crafting a sexy hero without relying strictly on looks, a list of great websites for writers, sources from which to draw strong characters, a guide to social networking for an author, how to form a good online marketing plan, as well as an interview with two wildly successful authors from two very different genres of fiction. WOW!
After the first read-through of the two magazines and a reflection on the workshops I enjoyed over the weekend, I tried to remember what it was like BEFORE I knew all of this. Before I made connections both online and in person with fellow writers who had advice and knowledge to share with me. Before I knew there were professional organizations full of people who wanted to help me “learn the ropes” and become a better writer.
And you know what? I can’t really remember much.
The “community” I’ve become a part of because of my love of writing and my desire to write and write well have so influenced who I am as a writer. The amount of “stuff” I’ve learned is staggering and invaluable. The friendships I have made are some of the strongest I’ve ever had.
The resources available to writers are legion. If you are a writer, or even just an avid reader, I would encourage you to find an organization, or maybe several organizations, of like-minded people who can help you and receive help from you. The relationships you create will change you and enhance your life in immeasurable ways.
I’m so grateful for the way I’ve been changed, as a writer and as a person, by the people and groups I’ve met along this journey.