Writing is, as we know, a lot of work. Everything we submit has to be written and rewritten and rewritten some more. In my own experience, it is easiest to love what we do when we have a support network.
One of the most essential parts of this network is a group of fellow writers. For many of us that is a critique group, writers who will read our work and help us make it better. Last year, I also discovered the beauty of an accountability group. I don’t know how other groups of this kind function but mine does do some critiquing. We also post goals and cheer each other on. We give advice and hold each others hands. It’s pretty amazing.
The online writing community. If you are reading this, you are probably aware of the community of writers to be found online. This is how my accountability group “knows” each other. We don’t even all live on the same continent although two of us are within a few miles of each other. It’s great to be able to reach across the miles and connect with someone who knows what you are experiencing.
It is also pretty amazing to have friends and family who support you as a writer. Today, I have an outline and first chapter due. My husband cooked dinner last night, making pancake batter and flipping them on my favorite cast iron griddle. He’d already put in a full day at his desk job but he knew I had half a book to outline. He also helped me brainstorm sidebar ideas.
Last but not least, it is great to have fans. While I’d like to think there are numerous young readers who love my work, there’s one that I hear from regularly. A friend’s daughter, I’ve known her since she was a toddler. She has latched onto my Evolution books and sends me periodic notes. “I’m reading this part now. I love animals!” It’s great to know someone is actively reading my work.
I hope you are lucky enough to have a people who get you and what you do!