This year I decided to attend the annual writer’s retreat that my RWA chapter group sponsors. I spent the past weekend in a cabin with four fellow writers and had a blast! What I quickly learned is that the retreat was more than an opportunity to write (which I did, but it wasn’t the focal point).
The retreat gave me time to talk to other writers who face the ups and downs of the business. We all have self-doubt, but we also have a steely determination to see our words in print (whether on paper or e-book). We commiserate with each other and cheer each other on as we battle this publishing industry.
Most importantly, we spent time together. Writers are solitary, but we need each other. We understand how much of an addiction writing can be. Word to sentence to paragraph to scene to chapter to book. It bubbles through our blood and pours out through our fingertips. Only fellow writers understand when you finish a pivotal scene or write ‘the end’. It’s exhilarating and humbling and it’s great to share.