The Importance of Community to Your Writing
Andi mentions a saying that goes, “It takes a village.” This pairs really well with writing communities. It’s not only important to have a village but more especially a village where people support you through difficult times and on something that you have worked really hard on creating.
What makes Write to Publish really special is the way that we interact is based on science–on the way that our brain learns and creates the best. This means that the way that we’re talking with each other and the way that we’re supporting each other is very, very different from what you might have seen in other writing groups.
Write to Publish is unlike other groups where people just say “Hey, buy my $0.99 book” or “What should the title of my book be?” to which someone states a very silly response. In Write to Publish, people are engaging in meaningful conversation about the writing and publishing process–they’re really supporting each other, working to be helpful to one another, and really trying to understand where the person is coming from as they participate in active listening rather than judgement. It’s a really powerful community.
It’s good to see us as a community center where people come to where they can learn and benefit from other writer’s experiences and knowledge, especially in our Writing Gym programs. If you have questions or if you’re unsure about something, you can simply just ask. You can experience new and interesting things about your writing through other writers.
There are some negative impacts on the person and on the community when people try to take away from the group–for instance, when they get outside messages or when they take their conversation within the community elsewhere. At the Writing Gym programs, we work so hard to get writers into a creative mindset to boost workflow to finish their books. When people try to take away from this, there is a mindset change; there is unrest.
One errant comment from someone unqualified can break down weeks of writing and training that a writer has done through our training sessions.
What we really cultivate in Write to Publish and the Writing Gym programs is an inclusive and respectful community that gives only good, constructive feedback that can advance your writing–not undermine it We make sure that people are keeping the conversation in the group where it should be, to continue to have those quality conversations about writing, to engage one another within the context of the group as they have been doing because that’s where the real power is. That’s where the neuroscience is really engaged.
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