Networking and Committment


Doris McCraw


I just returned from a lovely weekend it Albuquerque. I spent it with the wonderful members of Women Writing the West.  

I am now busy rushing to return to work, but wanted to share my thoughts on the weekend.

Perhaps you wonder why would I drive all that way, about 400 miles just to spend time with people I barely know. Because I want to get to know them better. For me networking has been a natural part of my life. I do enjoy people and listening to their stories. Not only to I get to know someone better, their lives and experiences can be great learning tools. Let’s face it, we don’t have time to make all the mistakes we need to learn. It makes sense to learn from those of others and they of yours.

At a writers conference I can and do learn from the trials and tribulations of my co-writers and they learn from mine. We also get to share in each others joys and triumphs. Many friends I have met over the years with the various organizations I spend time with have become mentors and for me someone who does what I aspire to do.

It does take time. You have to be committed to doing your due diligence and they say. Getting to know and letting others know you can create a lifetime of joys. It also can become the lifeline you may need when your progress as a writer and creative have hit a ‘brick wall’.

If you are committed to a life as a writer/creative then don’t just take and say me, me, me but find like minded people and network and share, share, share. Everyone will come out ahead, for you are helping each other on the ladder to success.

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15 thoughts on “Networking and Committment

  1. Great post! I, too, believe in networking very strongly. I have made many friends online through my writing and blogging. I share their posts and tweets and they do the same for me. When I’m down they know just how I feel. If I need help with an aspect of writing all I need to do is ask. I love learning about their lives, cultures, families and especially their books!


  2. Thank you for your gracious comments. To me there is nothing as wonderful as a friend, in person or online. Those connections are so precious.


  3. I couldn’t agree more with what you said about networking, building friendships and getting to know one another. I try and share as much as possible, but sadly enough, few share my other blog. I always share this one on both of my fb accounts. Good to meet you.


  4. Wow, that is the concept behind this blog. So many can’t realize that people don’t just read one book. Glad you got to go to the conference. Barb, I share everything that is posted on our group and by you.


    1. Thank You. The conference setting reinforces the importance of sharing. There it is face to face, here it is blog sharing. Both pass on and share great information.


  5. I agee that conferences are important, and that networking can lead to great advantages including more sales. But let’s not forget that conferences are also great fun! And I am always inspired when surrounded by other writers!


  6. Yes, commitment! I’ve found it difficult to stay focused when other things in life take an overabundance of time.As a writer, I’ve found it’s often necessary to be just a teensy bit selfish with “time.” When a house is being constructed, everyone visually sees the progress. When writing a manuscript, no one sees the progress (except for critique partners) until finished and in readable form. Those hourse of writing are lonely and the characters themselves often ungrateful for the time you’ve spent with them. Fear I’m rambling a bit. Good post! Makes me think.


    1. Sherry,

      It can be so difficult to stay committed to a story. I think that is why I love critique groups and writers conferences. They seem to recharged the desire and brain cells to continue on.
      Thank you for the compliment on the post. Keep up the committment and the ‘selfish’ time. I look forward to seeing the final products.


  7. I love writing conferences too. I love meeting other writers and sharing together. They are fun and so well planned out. I always learn so much. Thanks for sharing. Maybe someday I will meet ya’ll at one. ~Cher’ley


  8. It would be fun. It would be great if there were a central one where we could all meet. I’m going to ask where everyone is from on our facebook page. I schedule my life a year in advance.


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