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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.

  1. November 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Amen, Sistah.

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