Writers need support from other writers, but being part of a writing community can also be educational and fun.
SupportWho understands writers better than other writers? The answer is no one. I admit I have friends and family that do "get me" as a writer and offer wonderful support. But I can't turn to them when my plot is laying shambles and I just need to talk to someone who understands.
Being part of a community of writers gives you somewhere to turn when you suffer from writing woes. It also gives you a fan section for celebrating your success.
EducationalI have learned so much since I have joined my local writing group and the online writing community. Most of this has come from learning about how other people write. What their process is, what they struggle with. I do not necessarily adapt everything I learn - but it still helps me grow.
You can also learn about trends, programs, tools, conferences, contest, and yourself by being part of a writing community.
FunWhat writer does not like to discuss writing? Well there may be some - but I am not one of them. I love getting together and spending time with other writers. I often disagree with their methods or opinions - but the great thing is I have found that most writers are very open and understanding. So despite our difference we can come together on the one thing we have in common, we are writers.
I would also like to mention one more thing: courage. By become part of a community you have to put yourself out there - and sometimes you will get burned. But after being burned you will heal and be stronger for it. Being part of community can help build your personal strength and courage.
How has being part of a community help you as a writer?