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How To Make Writing Less Lonely

by Jennifer on November 18, 2009

By Jennifer Blanchard

It has been said that writing is the loneliest job on the planet. And it definitely can be if you let it.

Some writers enjoy the solitude of writing. Spending time alone with their computer makes them happy.

But if you’re a writer who enjoys being social and wants company while you write, here are some ideas:

  • Form a Writing Roundtable–Gathering a group of writers together to review and discuss each other’s work is a great way to stay social and make writing less lonely.
  • Create a Writing Retreat with Your Writer Friends–Invite all your writing friends over, make some snacks and spend the afternoon writing together. Make sure you take breaks to chat or just hang out together, too.
  • Write in a Public Place–If you avoid writing sometimes┬ábecause you don’t like the solitude, writing in a public place could be a big help. Although not everyone around you will be writing, at least you’ll be surrounded by people. This could make for interesting conversations or scenes in your novel or short story, as well.
  • Host a Creative Evening–For those of you who don’t have any local writer friends, you can host a “creative evening” where you invite all your creative friends over to work on their projects. I hosted a night like this a few months ago. My friends are stampers and scrapbookers, but having us all being creative in the same room kept me writing. And I felt less lonely.
  • Write with Your Pet–If you have a pet, like a cat or dog, then you’ll never really be lonely while you’re writing. My puppy sits on my feet a lot while I’m writing. And my friend’s cat sits on her desk while she’s typing away.

How do you make writing less lonely? Or do you enjoy the solitude?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.

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1 Deb Cushman November 19, 2009 at 9:01 am

Great ideas. I especially like the idea of retreating close to home. Although I enjoy attendiing a quietly motivating local organization’s retreat every fall, nothing beats getting together at a home with others who understand your desire (need?) to write!

2 Funkidivagirl November 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I have a puppy who lays at my feet and I must say that he makes me feel less lonely (but he also steals away my precious few hours to write because I have to take him outside to potty, or walk him, or stop him from destroying something). I do think that I could benefit from writing in a coffeehouse once a week or so…I think being surrounded by other people would shake things up a bit.

3 EmmaK November 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I’m used to working alone as I’ve been self employed for a number of years, but I think the thing I struggle with the most is the lack of immediate reinforcement. In my other life I provide training, so I can see when I’m being successful based on my students’ reactions. But with writing there is nothing telling me that I’m doing the right thing, so it can sometimes be difficult to maintain my confidence. Mind, I will say that my cat is my favourite writing accessory as she likes to visit and head butt me periodically just to remind me that she’s there.

4 Felisa Grace December 6, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I just STARTED a blog with no real idea how to do it, but love writing. Sitting looking out a second story window toward the woods that ring our back yard, I saw a large black dog run into the woods and a beautiful brown doe run out. Can’t beat that for inspiration and atmosphere!

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