Community is powerful. It offers support and encouragement when you need it, along with resources to achieve your goals. Oh, and protection. We've all seen the YA community rise to defend its own. A good community can change your world.
The online writing community... is fabulous! The internet can be big and scary at times. It's easy to post anonymous flaming comments. When I started this blog, I had no idea how it'd go.
Let's be honest. I've loved every minute of my experience so far. Whether it's here, in forums, or commenting in other blogs, writers everywhere on the internet are warm, welcoming and happy to share. In an industry where the competition is high, it's heart-warming to see how much support there is for the next writer.
Just look at the many blog awards being passed to others. Or at the wave of celebration when someone gets an agent or a book deal. Ok, maybe we live vicariously through the others! Or we're just happy to see one of us who made it through the trenches. You choose.
The NaNoWriMo community. I do not think I would have succeeded in NaNoWriMo (the challenge is to write 50k in 30 days, every November) three years in a row without my region's support. I talked about it yesterday, from my master-of-cheerleading perspective.
My NaNo group is a wonderful, super-tight community. If you stumble there's a dozen friends right there to catch you. If you fall behind, we'll grab the pompoms and stand behind you, cheering, until you're caught up. We'll pay for all the sugar, coffee and tea you need, as long as you get there.
It's as Sam says: "I can't carry it for you, Mister Frodo, but I can carry you."
Never underestimate the power of community. Whether it's a solid network of close friends or the internet peers who back you up, the community can push you beyond your limits -- and you'll love it!
Happy Monday. :)