What Writers Need—Community and Encouragement
This past weekend I joined a group of twelve friends with a single purpose—to run 203 miles from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to Hampton Beach. What makes the running doable—dare I say enjoyable—is the community and encouragement of others.
Running on a team presses me to do hard things I wouldn’t do otherwise—like not slow down on a hill that’s making my quads scream at me. Getting that Gatorade and a “you got this!” from my van at a point in the race where I wanted to quit was a real game changer.
As with running, so with writing. I’ve been trying to write a book for the last six months. During that six months, I’ve written six or seven chapters, only to realize that the whole structure of the book needed to be adjusted. Having outlined the book two or three times to the point that I’m finally confident to start writing again, I’ve been moving its start from one week to the next. I’m tempted to get off the writing treadmill because no one is watching.
What do I need?
I need a team. I need a community of people who will press me to be creative in ways I would not be otherwise. I need accountability. I need voices outside of my echo chamber who will help me see my blind spots and make my work well-rounded. I need a community that will offer me encouragement along the way, and rejoice with me when I cross the publishing finish line.
Hence, Sword and Swan Media House—a community approach to writing and publishing.
As a writer, I’m excited that some of our team will be coming alongside me in my writing. What about you? Do you need community and encouragement in your creativity?
Keep following our posts as we look forward to introducing our community—our full board of fellows—on Monday.
And in the meantime, consider supporting us!
John Rasmussen—Managing Editor