They say it takes a village to raise a child and I’m sure it’s the same with writing a novel. Writing is a solitary event and then it’s not. For me as a pre-published author, building my village is slow going. Mostly it’s me carving out time to write in among babies, school drop, sickness, you name it.
It’s happened slowly the chance meeting here, finding a great website there. A big breakthrough for me was signing up to Romance Writers of Australia. I did that last year and it connected me to lots of other writers, all on the same road I am. Suddenly I was less alone.
The internet is a huge boon for writers, with the online community thriving. Writers from across the world can join together and support each other. Look at Yoxani and I -on opposite sides of the world putting this blog together!
Finding my village is slow, but the path to anything great usually is. I have to trust myself and not rush the journey.
When you feel discouraged, keep looking for your village and build it up slowly. Find groups (online or local), join organizations like ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), RWA (Romance Writers of America), SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) to name a few. They usually have local chapters too which is great.
Be brave and give your work to a trusted friend, let them in on the journey. Write and find your village.