As long as I’ve been a writer I’ve heard that writers are loners, that what we do requires solitude. And, for me, that’s true. I need to be alone to write effectively. I’m not even one who writes to music that so many seem to enjoy.
But I also remember the days when I was involved in the production of magazines. I remember wanting some quiet from the hustle and bustle of my editor demands so I could write. Mixed with it, though, were the “let’s get some coffee” parts of that business. Those of us in the throws of creating the monthly 128 pages that would hit newstands “real soon” interacted often, and the comraderie was as fulfilling as it was electric.
Those days, though, are behind me and I’m back to being alone as a writer, at least until NaNoWriMo came along. Last year I did it mostly in isolation. This year I was in the throes of doing the same thing when my NaNo regional ML suggested that I come to one of their evening coffee meetings.
I did. Then I went again. And again. Last week NaNoWriMo 2011 came to an end and we had a celebration dinner together. I had a bunch of new friends, all of them excited about writing. It was great… it was over. I was sad about that fact but then they said, “I hope we see you at our Thursday meetings.”
Huh? “Yeah, we meet most Thursday nights at the place where you first met us. You should come by.” It looks like I’ll have some people to talk to about writing afterall. Here’s a sketch I did of one of OUR meeting places.