is a lonely profession, especially at
the outset of one's career, when body, mind, and spirit fixate on the blank page or a computer
monitor for endless hours. Even more so if you're a classic introvert, and your "battery" is charged in solitude rather
than by socializing.
The solution? Network with other writers. Join a critique
group or a writer's club. Attend guild meetings, writing workshops, conferences, or residencies, and take online
and real world classes to keep yourself connected, grounded, and focused. Writerly solitude is balanced by
networking and networking leads to new opportunities.
I've made many like-minded writing and editing friends over the years,
both online and in real-time groups such as the Professional Writers of Prescott (PWP), now known as Central Arizona Writers, the Arizona State Poetry Society (ASPS), the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the OC California Writers Club (CWC), and San Diego Writers, Ink.
I missed the ladies in a California prompt writing group greatly when
I moved from Orange County, until the pandemic brought Zoom meetings into vogue. We are now The Promptistas!
The internet is a valuable resource for staying in contact with word-whacking
artisans locally, regionally, and around the world!