52. The Importance of Writing Communities and a Big Thanks to Angela Highland

It doesn't matter what field you're in, having a support system is essential. It's the equivalent of the teacher who is a part of a union, has mentors, makes connections via trainings/conferences, and, in my case, possesses a supportive administration. That type of help gives you a greater chance to succeed and encourages you to keep going when challenges arise. 

That's why I'm thankful for writing communities.

The NanoWriMo community (short for National November Writing Month) is especially helpful. All the writers who use the month of November to catapult new projects into the atmosphere or finish existing manuscripts, support each other all year round. Writing is a process and encouragement, motivation, and dialogue will keep you going. That leads me to Angela Highland.

Click on the excerpt to go to Angela Highland's post

Click on the excerpt to go to Angela Highland's post

In the previous post, I mentioned my plan to combat writer's burnout. Today, a writer by the name of Angela Highland responded to my cry for help with the post above. 

It's one thing to talk yourself out of throwing your manuscript into a lit fireplace (although I don't have one of those), but it's another thing to hear from a fellow writer that your burnout concerns are normal. We've all been there. And you know what? There's nothing wrong with taking a break, reading a book, or working on another project.

Sometimes, I feel we push ourselves so much, we don't know when it's time to just step back and say, "It's okay to take a break." Your mind, body, AND spirit will probably thank you for the rest.

That's exactly what I'm telling myself. I'm not going to completely abandon my project, but what I am going to do is give myself a chance to

Fall in love with my craft all over again.