When I was first learning about the craft of writing, I spent time reading and going to conferences. But once I actually started writing, I learned that being an author can be a lonely venture. I was in my home office most of the day by myself.
Not a good thing.
That’s when I learned about Beta Readers and Critique groups. And over the years they have become a critical piece in my writing. I look to them for sharing of ideas and viewpoints, giving encouragement and support, but also for getting me out of the house and interacting with others.
People are social animals. We grow and feel a part of our environment/community when we collaborate, brainstorm, and interact.
Have you written yourself into a lonely rut?
Take a break. Take a walk. Visit with a friend. Join a writing group. Form a group of Beta Readers. Go shopping. Meet a friend for lunch. Listen to holiday music.
You’ll be happier and more productive—because writing should be a Team Effort.