Writing is a solitary profession that requires self discipline and self belief. At times, you may wonder why you write, yet still you keep on creating. As you hone your craft you seek and create writing friendships. And it's your fellow writers and illustrators who connect with you that become your creative treasure. They are who you seek advice from, join critique groups with, write reviews for and are your creative family.
I have made friends that I would never have never met in everyday life. They have become my creative tribe and know me warts and all. When you write you reveal your inner world and your fellow writers/illustrators are the ones who see the real you in your words. When you connect the sands of time may pass and you may not physically see each other or never ever meet in person but the bonds hold tight.
Today, a writer I met at a retreat rang me right when I was thinking about her. She needed a sounding board for some writing advice. Ping! In my email box another friend had sent me some helpful tips. When I write my Instagram posts it's my creative tribe who support me. I finished a critique, that was written simply and well and it was great to give this feedback. A friend who has been working hard to secure a picture book contract received one and shared her good news. I was tickled pink! Or maybe I should say red. Her hair is red.
So treasure those moments in your creative community and love and support each other. Your creative tribe will certainly make your writer world a happy place.
Image: Sunshine Coast Writers Retreat organised by Aleesah Darlison