I have found throughout my writing life that I make much more progress on my writing when I have support from fellow writers. My family and non-writer friends don’t understand my passion for writing. They provide occasional encouragement, but it doesn’t to compare to the deeper understanding I share with fellow writers. Fellow writers understand that creative process and all the challenges of taking an idea, bringing it to life, and incorporating it into a book. They understand how much effort it can take to persevere through the different criticism and rejection that you must be able to handle as a writer.
What we have in common as writers is the written word. It’s a calling that drives us to put our thoughts on paper and share them with the world.
The support and camaraderie in a writing community filled with friends can’t be replicated at a fleeting book festival or writing conference. Your writing projects unfold day by day. A writing community is the best place to learn, grow, and share the journey with fellow writers.
The Unique Role of a Writing Community
In a writing community, we share tips, encourage each other, and cheer each other on when someone has a book launch. We engage with each other weekly and sometimes several times a week. We’re involved in each other’s writing lives because we work together as colleagues. It’s so nice when you have other people who understand your challenges and what you must overcome to invest that time and effort into your writing life. Fellow writers have been there. Maybe not exactly in your situation, but they can help you overcome these inevitable bumps.
Before I started Prolific Writers Life, my writing life was very fragmented. Over the years, I have started writers’ groups, participated in writing groups led by others, and gone to writing conferences, book festivals, and all sorts of other events for writers. I went to one group on Thursday evenings and another on Friday afternoons. I also went to the local state-run writing group once a month on a Saturday. For the most part, the people in my various groups didn’t know each other. It was all disconnected.
After years of conforming to the status quo, I realized that having one writing community led by various experts in the writing industry was essential to pulling everything together. This has been my passion project since 2019. I wholeheartedly believe that Prolific Writers Life will enrich your writing life unlike anything else you’ve ever done.
Your Writing Journey
My writing journey has been shaped by the writers and experts I’ve met at conferences, critique groups, book festivals, and many other gatherings for writers. I gained ideas and knowledge from these events but rarely felt a sense of belonging. Everything was too fleeting, and it was impossible to keep in touch with all the interesting people I met.
But, once I started Prolific Writers Life, it really started to gel for me how transformational this kind of writing community can be for writers. Although I can’t predict the future for you, I can tell you that I’m excited about the opportunities and connections you can make when you’re part of a vibrant writing community. Whatever you do, don’t write all on your own. Your writing journey can be a fulfilling and fun adventure when you share it in a community with fellow writers.
It’s time for us to embark on this journey. From this moment on, you will see that you are not alone. A vibrant writing community is waiting to welcome you and help you get your voice out to the world. Whether you’re just getting started on your first book or you’ve been writing for many years, your story is worth sharing, and your writing journey is worth celebrating with fellow writers.
Dr. Lorraine Haataia earned six college degrees, including a PhD, by the age of 35. Writing has played a central role in her career as a professor, content marketing specialist, grants evaluator, continuous improvement ambassador, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Prolific Writers Life.