Sense of Community

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I have always thought writing to be a lonely career. I envisioned great writers to be social pariahs, shunning social events for their craft.  I imagined them scribbling away all hours of the day and night at desks in dusty rooms filled with books.

But while this may be the case for some, many famous authors would spend hours talking and working with other artists, poets and writers. An example would be the ‘Lake Poets’ Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey who lived and worked together at the turn of the 19th century.

This is also true in the present day, where we gain so much from a sense of community as writers and artists. Whether it is meeting face to face for writing groups or sharing our stories online, we are able to connect with each other and learn from each other.

Most people write to share with others, to entertain or to connect through similar experiences. By reaching out through a story you create a bond between yourself and the reader.

Writing is far from being a lonely endeavour, it is what brings people together from all manner of different backgrounds and allows us to communicate with each other.

Without the support, the inspiration and even the criticism that other writers give me, I would probably watch a lot more TV.

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