Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Do writers socialize?

Are you social? I think the view of writers is that we sit all day and write--by ourselves. I can't say this point is entirely false. I do want to spend my time writing and alone, but I do like to socialize. I like to go out and have a good time. I can even communicate with people who have absolutely nothing in common with me.

Do I feel comfortable doing that? Not always, but I do it now and again. Even in the mommy world, I don't always feel like I belong. But it does provides material for some great stories. The most comfortable social interaction is with other writers. Why? Because they get me (for the most part, I might have some quirks, but don't we all). They know what it's like--the feeling of the good and the bad times.

Even if you don't like to venture outside, you can still socialize. The internet seems to have quite the party. Between, Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, blogging, etc. The Cyber highway can be full of peeps to talk to. Although, you really should see someone face to face, you know, a real person. Staring at a computer screen may burn your eyes out.

Conferences are good, but can be expensive and overwhelming especially if you're shy. Are you? No worries.Check for local writing groups or book clubs and bring someone you know. They are a great way to get out and meet people and usually are less crowded.

For example, if you are in the Philly area there is a Philly Lit Meeting this Saturday (21st) check out the info here. There's also a Philly Book Club meeting on the 22nd. See? Events.
All you have to do is research.
My thought is that it's healthy to get out and speak to an actual human. Trust me, I have characters speaking to me all day (besides my kids) and I need some reality check.

Any events you are attending?

Tell me if you like to socialize?

Have a great day!


  1. I tend to social a lot through email, as you know. It's gotten to the point that I have to go unplugged when I write, otherwise I don't get any writing done.

    I attend the monthly meetings for my local RWA chapter, but that's because I'm on the board so I don't have a choice. lol I'm also a member of SCBWI, but their meetings are usually the day before the RWA ones, so I tend not to go to them. And once a month, I meet up with a group of writer friends for lunch.

  2. Funnily enough, I just met up with a group of writers last night who are all in town for the London Book Fair. We'd met through Twitter, and it was great to see them in person!

  3. I do like to socialize but I don't thrive on it. I like meeting with intown friends and writer friends. But I cherish the time I spend alone. :)

  4. I like to socialize, but I'm not very good at it. LOL. Part of the problem is I don't meet a lot of people since I'm home and I prefer to socialize offline. But I think I'm just not good at socializing too.

  5. I've always preferred to just chill (and hide) at home, even before I got back into writing. I've learned to be more sociable in the last few years though.

  6. With my family and close friends, yes. I also belong to a local book club/writer's group and you're right, it feels good to talk to those folks about the industry! I do wish more of us on-line friends lived closer together! :D