In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote: “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
That’s how we got Ninja Writers. I wanted a strong writing community. More than strong–I wanted a magic writing community. I trusted that if I reached out, other writers would find me and we could build that community.
And we did.
Ninja Writers is, by far, the most amazing writing group I’ve ever been part of. It’s a family. And it’s the thing that’s going to make the difference for all of us, between wanting and being.
I have a local writers community, too. I belong to my local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and I’ve been part of Romance Writers of America (RWA) even though I don’t write romance anymore, because the community there is so strong.
Today, I’d like you to take a minute to think about your writing community. Do you have local friends who are writers? I’m writing this in mid-October, which is a great time to find local writing groups as they gear up for NaNoWriMo.
Are you part of our Ninja Writers Facebook Group? If you’re not, I’d like to invite you to join us. Nothing would make me happier.
Writers tend to be introverted. And sometimes when we start writing, it can be hard to be confident enough in our work to want to reach out or to feel like we should. There is something truly magical, though, when you find your people. You know–your tribe.
Ninja Writers is our tribe. Hopefully, you can find a local tribe as well.
First come join Ninja Writers if you haven’t already and introduce yourself. Let us know where you are, what you write, who you are.
Second, make an off Facebook connection with another write. Exchange emails or phone numbers with another Ninja Writer. Reach out to someone in your real life who is also a writer. Google writing groups in our area and plan to attend a meeting.