It can be a lonely business, writing, though I love it to bits, tapping into a community like Write1Sub 1 can make all the difference. I am not alone. All over the world there are people doing the same things as me: writing, subbing, laughing in the face of rejection, and celebrating the occasional acceptance. It's good to be part of a community. That's the best thing about Write1Sub 1 for me.
Let's check in: the first post this week is from Sandra Davies who's written 80K, so far, this year. Wow. Well done, Sandra. I'll add my own post soon.
Another benefit of Write1Sub1 is learning about markets. I had an acceptance from Eschatology this week, and I heard about that market from Write1Sub 1. I like to think that it goes both ways. A couple of writers have thanked me for pointing them in the direction of Scifaikuest-- glad to do it. What goes around, comes around.
Yes, I've really been enjoying Write1Sub 1, so much that I've just signed up to another writing community- A-
Story-a-Day in May. (And, yes, I'm counting this guest blog post -- everything counts).
I've been doing well with the Write1Sub1 challenge. I've only skipped one week in March and when I missed the March Martian award-- I was gutted. What is it about these challenges that's so motivating? The aspect of public accountability? Yet there are no dire consequences if we fail. In fact, there's a community waiting to commiserate with us. It's the same with my monthly targets on my blog. You wouldn't have thought that they would make much difference, but, yikes, the month I didn't post my targets, my word count hit rock bottom.
There's something special about being part of the community, about saying: Yes, I'm going to try my best to get this thing done. And these communities don't just happen, there are three people spending a lot of time making sure everything goes smoothly. So, thanks to Milo, Simon and Stephen, who've given us a chance to come together in this way .