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Are you feeling lonely?

July 31st, 2013

Writing can be a lonely business. If you are working towards a deadline, you may find that you are stuck at your desk for very long periods of time, not seeing anyone. If you are used to getting out and about in the day, this can be torture. Even if you’re not working towards a deadline, you’ll still spend a lot of time working by yourself – that’s the nature of writing.

So what can you do to stop yourself from getting lonely when you’re a freelance writer? Well, one of the best ways to get out is to join a writing group. Most people will usually seek out local groups so that they can get out of the house and meet other people in the ‘real’ world. This should help to stop you from feeling so isolated. Plus, speaking with other writers and having them give you feedback on your work could allow you to improve your writing technique. And, hopefully, you’ll make a few friends along the way too!

There are a few places you can check to find writing groups:

local library – if you still have one, your local library would be a good place to start

online – there are dedicated websites you can use to search local writing groups, such as Writers Online, or Meetups where you can find local groups or start one of your own. The National Association of Writers’ Groups is another great resource. You can search their directory of writing groups to find one near you.

If you don’t fancy that, or it’s not possible for you to get to a ‘real’ world writing group, why not consider joining an online writing group. You could try Scribophile, Review Fuse or Great Writing. These are just what popped up when I typed ‘online writing group’, so have a good search around, as there are groups for all different genres and tastes. There are also plenty of writing groups on Facebook and Google+.

And, if all else fails and you can’t find a group you fancy joining – start one of your own!

 

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