I have been writing ‘seriously’ for five years. I had always jotted away now and then, for comfort and as an outlet, but it wasn’t until busily creating my first novel that I became a committed writer. It was as this transition began, that I realised just how lonely a writer’s world can be. How plagued with self- doubt we are:
“Is my work any good?”
“Will anyone like it?”
“Perhaps I should just give up now?”
“I couldn’t possibly write as wonderfully as that, could I?”
I am sure that any writer who is now reading this will be furiously nodding, because the little voice who relishes whispering to us questions just like these, attacks us all at some point.
Writing as a hobby, with aspirations of becoming a fully-fledged author someday, does not provoke the enthusiasm of those around. The non-writing world, which is most definitely where I live for the most part, is not turned on by writing. Or remotely interested in how hard I work towards my goal, or even engaged in any conversation which I may attempt to initiate on the subject. Therefore, a writer’s world can be lonely.
The world of ‘blogging’ is a wonderful platform for meeting other likeminded people. People, who you can learn from, share tips with and generally feel like SOMEONE is interested in what you may have to say! It is a place which can often calm that inner voice; shush those thoughts of doubt.
It is A HAVEN.
Something exciting happened to me through this ‘blog world’. I met a ‘writing buddy’. To me, having this new person in my life has changed my whole experience of being a writer. I have someone to share ideas with, to constructively offer advice on my latest creation and I can pick up the phone to someone who I KNOW wants to hear what I have to say. I no longer stumble in the dark, questioning myself. The partnership is completely mutual. It is a wonderful friendship, based on the foundation of our writing but promises so much more. She is probably going to be the one who knows me best – because as much as I love the other people in my life – my writing buddy knows ALL OF ME. My inner most thoughts, which would usually be banished to a notebook, I will now share with her, because she is hungry for words, like me.
I hope that everyone can find a special ‘writing buddy’,who can encourage in times of doubt and nag you to pick up that pen. In the meantime, KEEP ON BLOGGING!!