Sometimes it’s hard to remember that as writers, we aren’t alone. Writing is a somewhat solitary endeavor. You might be penning your opus in a coffee shop full of other people, but honestly, you’re not paying any attention to them, unless it’s to glare at someone whose loud cell phone convo is harshing your write-buzz. When we write, it’s us and our imaginary friends.
But what happens when the solitude is too much? Doubt, that’s what. Personally, that is my biggest production killer. When I’m too alone in my writer-ness, without feedback, encouragement, and the occasional “atta-girl”, I get muse deficient. She simply refuses to put out. She says, “whats the point? Nobody will read this or enjoy it anyway.”
That’s what lack of reviews do to authors. That’s what lack of feedback does to the artist, the creator, the story-spinner. That’s what starves us on the writer-island.
So, penslingers, grab some bamboo, vines, and coconuts, and let’s build a raft off of this place. CONNECT with authors. REACH OUT to your editor. BEG for feedback. If you’re starving, go get some muse food.
*drops the mic*