The Importance of a Writing Community
When I began writing my first novel just out of grad school (a forever-unpublished, thinly veiled fictional account of my own family drama), I shared my writing with no one. I had just come off a year of spending every day with a close-knit group of writers who appreciated and respected each other’s work. There were weekend writing get-a-ways, full day marathons of reading, critiquing, discussing, and eating (lots of eating). It was, by far, the best writing year of my life. When I moved back to the U.S. from England, I was starting over. My one other American friend on the course remained in England after our program ended, and though we all kept in close contact through email, the constant back-and-forth of writing critique was over. I found myself entering into a novel, the longest piece of fiction I’ve ever done, and writing it in a vacuum.
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