We’ll just pretend it’s Monday, yes? Yesterday was my 13th wedding anniversary–as my husband put it, basically a half-marathon of marriage. Much like being a writer, running a marriage marathon is hard and grueling and impossible and wonderful and worth every bit of sweat and tears. Writers are an unusual species: simultaneously loving our stories and hating the process of creating them because we never believe we’re doing a good enough job bringing them to life. Hiding away in caves with computers, so we can pour out our souls for anyone and everyone to see. Which is why it’s so important to plug into a strong community of people who understand the challenges and joys of a writer’s life.
If you’re not involved in a writing group, take five minutes and hunt for one today. Meetups, Writers Guilds, Romance Writers of America (online and local chapters), SCBWI…there are a lot of ways to connect. And start looking at conferences within your budgetary and geographical reach; registration is open for many 2015 conferences, and some of them fill up quickly. Besides the obvious (meeting agents, pitching to editors, improving your craft), you’ll get something invaluable out of the experience: writer friends.