In May of 2013 I wrote a blog post called, Community Is Important for Writers.

I was re-reading it this morning, because it ties in to tomorrow’s podcast, and some things that have been on my mind, lately.

Surrounding ourselves with people who can (and do) help foster our creativity is an important part of maintaining the creative rhythm.
Surrounding ourselves with people who can (and do) help foster our creativity is an important part of maintaining the creative rhythm.

Having other writers and creatives around helps me in many ways.

  1. I learn from other writers, even if I’m the one who is supposed to be the “teacher”.
  2. My creative energy is increased by the encouragement of other writers, and also when I encourage them.
  3. My ability to put my “butt in the chair” and write (either fiction or blog posts or whatever) is greatly influenced by the idea that someone else may be reading the work, and that provides accountability to actually, you know, write.

In all three of these areas, it is equally important to GIVE as to RECEIVE. Teaching, encouraging, and critiquing (reading and responding) are all forms of GIVING. I need to be on both sides of that GIVE/RECEIVE equation for it to really be useful.

The podcast tomorrow will talk a little more about this topic, and on Friday, I’ll provide a post on some ways creative writers can build creative community.

P.S. You may also be interested in an earlier blog post called, Community: One Key to Continued Creativity.

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