Lately I've been thinking a lot about the writer's community. You would think with our predilection for being introverts and the need to be so deeply in our own heads, that this type of creativity wouldn't be collaborative.
But. I am here to SHOUT, you would be wrong!
You see, we writers need each other. To bounce ideas of off. To read for each other. To learn from good critiques and bad critiques. To learn to critique by having other writers let us read their work. To recommend books and share tidbits about the publishing world. Only writers understand the deep connection we feel to the story worlds we create. Only other writers understand the woes of the muddling middle and the strangled heap that is a first draft. Only other writers understand the compulsion to change a verb for the fifth or sixth time.
I bet you pick up the used thesaurus you see at the thrift shop. That beautiful illustrated dictionary on your nightstand - a gift greater than gold, right?
But the great thing is, it doesn't end when you move to the professional end of the spectrum. It just gets More collaborative! Because you'll have an agent with input, an editor with input. And eventually you'll have readers who will take your story and make it their own.
So next time you think about the lonely life of a writer - jump online, shout at a friend, read someone else's words, visit a writing forum. Because together, we can create greatness.
Have a super swell weekend.