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Community and Stepping Up: The Writing World

Time and again, I am awestruck by the sense of community that exists in the writing world. Via Twitter, blogs, Facebook, and various other forms of social media, I constantly see writers, editors, and agents pitching up where and when they can. Sometimes, it is in the form of encouragement; other times, it is a shared drink and commiseration.

When needed, it is also a fundraiser (speaking, now, specifically of the one for writer, editor, and artist Terri Windling). Please, check it out here (there are amazing things up for auction, already). I didn’t know much about her or her work until this morning, but she is gifted, has lovely mermaid-like hair, and a dog that is so adorable.

Being a writer means, in my best estimation, being part of a non-geographically determined village. A really odd, eclectic village — one that often revolves around the basic writer necessities: coffee, tea, chocolate, bacon, and booze. I love that village and its people. Thanks to Twitter, specifically, I’ve come to know many great writers; there is a sense of belonging. It is tangible, not abstract. People, colleagues, contemporaries, and friends — these folks have your back. I’m hard pressed to think of another occupation that holds that same kind of synergy and connection, the same sense of belonging. I know I’m overusing that word (inconceivable!), but it fits.

Help is given when needed, and I admire that. It makes me proud to be a small part of the writer tribe. Give if you can, when you can. If all people followed that advice, the world would change for the better.

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  1. November 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Amen, Sistah.

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