The Not Such Solitary Life of a Writer

Sunset at Rockaway Beach

Sunset at Rockaway Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I may be alone a lot, but I still don’t think writing has to be as solitary as many people say.  In fact, I think the internet offers a wide open community for writers with many different options.   Yes, it’s a virtual community, but community none the less.  Lets you know you’re not alone in the world.  Now before anyone thinks I’ve lost my mind, no I’m not advocating just staying home and never venturing forth into the world, but I’m saying there are many sources of support for writers online.

There any many discussion boards on the internet, especially on LinkedIn.  Two of my favorites are the Definitive Serious Writers Group and the Poets group.  Both are supportive groups.  You can share things or ask a question or maybe learn something from a comment posted.  Sometimes there are links to articles or blogs and the Poets group even has a weekly poetry contest just for fun.

Another great source of community I have enjoyed since January, and boy have I learned a lot, is the wide world of blogging.  Many writers share their writing online, resources, and their thoughts on things they’ve learned about writing.  There are plenty of writing prompts offered on blogs as well.  Some of the ones I like are Be Kind Rewrite has writing prompts on the blog called Inspiration Monday and Rosemary Mint has prompts on Thursday Melting.  There are probably many more to be explored out there.  It can be nice to use a writing prompt on one of those days nothing is coming to mind which I want to write about or just for the fun of it or as a challenge.

Reading blogs exposes me to new things too.  Today as I was reading through the WordPress blogs I follow, one blogger called Rosemary Mint, posted an amazing music playlist.  I’m more of a country and bluegrass music kind of gal, but thought it was wonderful and I learned about music not as familiar to me.  Still sitting here listening as I write this.  I know, not really writing related directly, but it is as it inspired me to write.  Also, I’m one of those writers who would rather write listening to music than dead silence.

When I’m at the computer, I always keep paper near too, just in case I need to jot a quick note down.  I’ve learned about interesting books I would like to read, writing contests, different types of poetry forms, writing tips, and a ton of other things.  One day I’ll try to post a list of many of the links I’ve found helpful about writing.  Instead of feeling alone, I actually feel like writing has opened a big wide world.

What are your thoughts about writing as a solitary life?…

Poetry and Life Inspired Writing

Poetry BooksThis has been an incredible week for writing.  My mind seems to be so full of ideas that my fingers have trouble keeping up.  I have really enjoyed writing poetry, but have been writing several other things as well.  Here is a short poem I wrote a bit ago :

Thoughts and thoughts on my mind
Pen to paper all the time
Releasing thoughts to unwind
Writing, the joy found is sublime

As usual, I have spent quite a bit of time researching information online, but have done a better job of time management.  I have been writing every day this week, even for hours at some times.  Two resources I have really utilized often are the online dictionary at www.dictionary.com and Rhymer by WriteExpress at www.rhymer.com .  I know all poetry doesn’t have to rhyme, but I do have a preference for rhyming poetry.

Just for pure pleasure, there is a resource soon to be a favorite of mine, which is online radio.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, but it is nice to be listening to relaxing music as I am writing away on my laptop.  The one I have been listening to this morning is AOL Radio, which can be found at http://music.aol.com/radioguide/bb .

There are so many sources for inspiration to write in the world around us.  I have decided I am going to start keeping an eye out for inspirational quotes about writing and pictures of things which inspire me.  Another wish list item is a digital camera, so I can take pictures to put with some of the articles I am writing as well as inspirational things I encounter in my journeys outdoors.  One of my favorite writing breaks is to go for a walk in the woods behind our home.