Why Is It So Lonely Being a Writer?

It’s no surprise that many writers feel misunderstood and alone. Writing, after all, is mostly a solitary pursuit. Whenever we visualize a writer hard at work, we tend to think of a person sitting all by themselves in an empty room, typing away. While this is sometimes true, that doesn’t mean that writers like being lonely or that we don’t long for connection or community.

It’s not only the solitary nature of writing that makes writers lonely. It’s also that most writers are introverts. We tend to be naturally introspective, and some of us even suffer from social anxiety. Groups and group activities can be hard for us, and even though we have a lot to say on the page, making conversation in real life isn’t always easy.

I talk more about writers and why we’re so lonely in the video below:

One of the best ways for a writer to find connection is to join a group of like-minded souls who have similar interests. That’s why every year I do a silent writing program for the month of November that aims to help writers connect with each other and form community.

This year I’m calling it the 30-Day Writing Challenge and it’s just what it sounds like. We’ll be writing together for 30 days. Each day a silent writing session will be offered via Zoom, and you can attend all or some of the sessions, whatever works for your schedule.

The 30-Day Writing Challenge will also have a Facebook group so that people can post their progress, ask questions, and get to know other writers in the group. If this sounds like something you’re into, be sure to sign up for my newsletter HERE to get the notification for sign-up when doors open for registration on Saturday, Oct 29.

If you have any questions, you can contact me here.

Hopefully you’ll join us for writing in November!

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer and The INFJ Revolution. You can get a free copy of her book on creative marketing for writers by signing up for her newsletter HERE.

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