Well, I've been having lots of fun building up my friend collection on Facebook this week. A big thank you to those of you who have "friended" me! (Funny, the verbs we've come up with in this age...)
For those of you who are interested, I'm Authoress McNonymous. Ya, the Celtic surname is kinda growing on me.
It's not just about gathering a huge friend following, either. I can't tell you how fascinating it is to be hooked up with so many WRITERS! So many status updates having to do with works-in-progress and editing sessions and word counts and dead muses and such. (Okay, I made up the dead muses. You can relate to that, though, I'll bet.)
Very cool. A strong sense of "we're all in this together."
My "real" Facebook account is loaded with real-life friends--98 percent of which are non-writers. So while I love them, and while many of them cheer me on when I post writerly updates, they don't offer the same sense of I Know Exactly What You're Feeling.
I mean, how could they?
So my Authoress McNonymous account is providing me with something I didn't expect. And of course, that "something" is the collective You.
I already know that you're an amazing group of aspiring authors. Now I can actually get to KNOW you a little better.
Just a little, mind you. I'm not going to be spending too much time on Facebook.
(She says with a straight face.)
And naturally I'll share as much of myself as I think I can, without giving away my anonymity. Or, mcnominity, as the case may be.
So tell me: How important is it for you to have a community of like-minded writers surrounding you? Do you have this in "real life" or does the Internet provide it for you?
I find that I really, really need it. New revelation, that. And I'm so grateful to have "found" all of you.
That sounded schmoopy, but there you have it.
Have a joyous weekend!