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26 Words Every Writer Needs: C #atozchallenge - Corinne O'Flynn

Howdy blog friends!  How is the A-to-Z treating you? I’ve already found some fun new bloggers to follow and learned some interesting things. I love being able to do that from the comfort of my desk!

Which brings me to today’s word for writers.

Community
noun
1. a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality and often have a common culture, heritage, and share government.
2. a locality inhabited by such a group.

Sing it Babs!

Writing is a lonely business, people. It’s just you and the computer, or your notebook and quill, or whatever utensils you deem worthy. But thankfully, there is a huge and vibrant writing community just waiting to be tapped into online and in many cases, locally.

Back in the day, I was shocked to find how active the writing world is on social media. Speaking of which, I’d love to connect on twitter… @CorinneOFlynn  But I ask you… what would your writing day look like if you did not have your writing community? Of course this isn’t just a benefit for writers… social media has exploded for a reason. We need to know we are not alone out there. We need someone else who understands the frustrations of failure in something so personal, the insecurities, the fears. We need someone who celebrates the wins and the breakthroughs and the triumphs when they come.

I’m fresh off a local writer’s conference, Northern Colorado Writers, which was wonderful! Writing conferences and workshops are among my favorite parts of the writing life. I get to recharge and reconnect with people I  know, and meet new friends who soon feel like old chums. Being able to meet other people who are pursuing this dream along with me and who truly understand how crazy this experience is and who speak my language. My tribe. My community. I need that.

How do you tap into your writing community?

Bonus: C words that writers need: Chutzpa. Cajones. Candy. Caffeine.

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  1. Ya know, originally I was going to say I’d probably be more productive without Twitter or Facebook, but I’m not sure that’s true. It actually seems like it’s the days I’m the most active on Twitter that are the ones where I get the most done outside of it as well. I think I feed off the connections and the conversations. Some people get to interact with others during the day because they have ‘day jobs’ where they see people face to face. I do not have a ‘day job’ so my water cooler conversations happen virtually, on Twitter LOL I think it might just help keep me sane.

    …though every once in a while I do have to step back and take some time away from social media in order to keep it in its place. I can’t have it taking over my life.

  2. Unfortunate these days, I am mostly stuck to online writing groups online. I in fact formed my own with the aim of helping other writers get a boost with exchanging resources. I offer what I have and they must do the same. Embracing the concept of Cooperation.

  3. I love my writing community, both local and online. We are lucky to have so many great groups in Colorado, aren’t we? And Twitter is fab. I feel like I’m always connected.

    And hey – I gotta add chocolate to that list of C words for writers. Preferably dark chocolate. Sometimes with almonds…or caramel (another C!)…and a glass of chianti (C!)… :)

  4. I have to agree with Rhonda on social media. I love having the support and it is a great resource though it is very easy to take up a significant amount of time that could be dedicated to writing. So like all things in life, it is important to keep the balance of utilizing the writing community while still taking time to do the writing we all love.

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