Well that is a bastardization of the old saying, but it rings true. A writer has to really actively try hard to be alone. Even if they are removed from traditional publishings, there are still editors, cover designers, beta readers, and the all important reader, among others, that are with you along the journey.
For me, being part of a community is an essential part of being a writer. I am a member of multiple Discord groups, Facebook groups, and an IRC room devoted to writers. We cheer each other on, give advice, bounce ideas off of each other, and challenge each other. This year two groups that I am a member of are having extended challenges that I am joining.
The Facebook group, 85k Writing Challenge, is on its second annual challenge. The goal is to write 85,000 words in 90 days. From January 1st to March 31st. Think NaNoWriMo, but a larger word goal spread out over a longer time. It is an average of only 945 words a day. Significantly less than NaNo. Also, with the longer time period, if something comes up in life, the writer has more than enough time to catch up.
The other challenge I am participating in is called Get Your Words Out. This one has a little more wiggle room and allows you to choose your own word goal. I chose their “Basic” level for 200,000 words. GYWO is a year-long challenge, which gives you plenty of time to “get your words out.” Anyone with a LiveJournal, OpenID, or DreamWidth can join, though there is a deadline of January 15th.
Because GYWO has a mandatory monthly check-in, you guys will get the pleasure of me posting a more detailed check-in here on the last day of every month. Until March, I’ll post updates for both challenges and after 85k90 I will only post for GYWO. Feel free to join me in these challenges, and bonne chance in this new year of writing.