Thursday, July 14, 2011

What Not To Do Wednesday on Writer Socializing

I totally get it, grasshopper. You're a writer because you don't particularly like to socialize.

You like to hunker down with your laptop and beverage of choice and write till the sun rises over the horizon and your fingers cramp and your eyelids feel like sandpaper against your eyeballs and drool drips from the corner of your mouth.

Yeah, I get it. But eventually, you need to come up for air, step out of that comfort zone, and socialize. And yes, it's not easy, 'cause basically you're kind of shy and really, can't you just socialize on the Internets?

Well, grasshopper, that's a beginning. But if you have the opportunity to meet with other writers, at a conference, or a workshop, a book signing event, or a Zaxby's on the way to Florida, make a plan and go! Because you do not want to miss the warmth, the joy, the fun, of talking, sharing, and laughing with writers who really are more than writers. They're friends. And believe it or not, just like you.

And P.S. When one of the writers (okay, me) tells everybody to make a crazy face, you really should make a crazy face. Or the crazy-faced writer (okay, me) looks like an idiot.

(And P.P.S. Thanks to Lisa, Debra, Linda, and Cathy-on-a-Stick for a wonderful afternoon!)