Like most writers I thrive on being alone with my characters. Part of my love of writing is getting totally in the zone which for me requires solitude. This is important to the creative process. However, just as vital to the creative process is collaboration. The ability to get together with other writers and talk about craft. It’s one reason I am a big proponent of critique groups.
There are some writers who write in isolation and prefer to not have a group or to collaborate in other ways. That works for them. However, for the rest of us it may require more. A network(sometimes global) of like-minded people who help us get through the darkness so we can see the light. We have all talked about that before, but there’s another aspect of it also.
There’s a natural high to collaborating with other writers. If you doubt it, attend a conference or a class. Have coffee one-on-one with another writer or artist, and you’ll find your spirits buoyed by the interaction. It always works that way for me, and I am so thankful for my writing collaborators. They all bring me different insights and perspectives. Each of their voices are unique and add a new spin to my own. Where would I be without their support? Not published, not productive, not content in my writing career.
Thanks to my writing collaborators: Natasha, Leatrice, Marsha, Nicole, Anne, and new addition, Andy. I am so grateful I’m surrounded by this wealth of talent.