If you look in the dictionary under the word isolated, then so many descriptions spring out that easily relate to the life of a writer, such as: far away from other places, buildings, or people; remote, out of the way, off the beaten track, in the depths of …, lonely, solitary, in the back of beyond, in the hinterlands, off the map, in the middle of nowhere, obscure, inaccessible, cut-off, unreachable, unaccompanied, companionless, by oneself, on one’s own, (all) alone, friendless! Arghhhhhhhh!
The truth is, from my own perspective, I did originally find writing quite isolating. I spent most of the time writing my first novel at night in a dark room, with just the light of my computer and book characters for company. When I met my editor and completed the manuscript many years later, I once again spent hours, weeks and months in my studio or car, writing my next book between school runs and my day job. My day job was designing bespoke jewellery for clients and involved me diligently working in my studio, all alone!
When Babe Driven, my first novel, was ready for print, I sat down and decided that I didn’t want to cut myself off from the world and jumped headfirst into discovering what being an author actually meant to me. I found out that marketing was a big part of finding an audience, but also, that there are millions of authors and readers out there, who regularly meet, chat, support and advise each other. There is a big network of readers who, when they discover an author they like, or hear about a new author trying to work out where to start, reach out a hand of welcome and offer words of support. There are book clubs and forums full of authors who not only love to write, but are voracious readers as well. They love to swap tips on writing, marketing, book trailers, websites and blogs and will assist you along the way.
Writing doesn’t have to be an isolating experience. It can be heartwarming and exciting but you really do get back what you put in. By helping others who are just starting on that road you once travelled, you are supporting an industry which is inspiring and innovative. Jump in!
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#creativebizhour 8-9pm (GMT) Mondays. Add the hashtag to your book tweets or business tweets during the hour. Over 17.3 million timeline views in 1 hour some weeks. Has been trending. I run this hour and it is popular with creatives and creative businesses. My Twitter account is @Lizzie_Chantree if you want to pop by and say hello.