By S. J. Brown
Like many writers I am a bit of a loner. I can easily spend large blocks of time alone and be quite content. I also find that being part of a team can be very rewarding.
I was recently part of a team of a few dozen people that gathered together on a gloomy Saturday morning. Together we planted 200 trees. I’m not talking little sprouts, but three or four foot tall trees. I have had the privilege of working with this team for over a year now. It is a real thrill when I drive past one of the locations we have planted and see the trees thriving.
When I am out in the field photographing wildlife I am also part of a team. My husband Jay is the other team member. He is an excellent spotter. He can tell what kind of bird is flying over head by the shape of its wings, or the size of its tail. He does all the driving and watches my back, so I don’t get surprised by an angry bear or any critter.
I am also part of a team of volunteers that does littler clean up in the area. It always amazes me how rude people can be. They toss all kinds of things out their car windows without ever giving it a second thought.
Recently I became part of yet another team, Team Sisters. “Team Sisters” is the name we gave the launch team for my next book, “Sisters”. This team is made up of writers, interested readers, friends, and a few family members. Since this book is a memoir written by two sisters most of the team is female. There are a few brave men that have volunteered to be part of the team. Since my last blog the team members have assembled and we are ready to get down to work.
As part of a team I can accomplish so much more than I can on my own. Alone I would not be able to plant hundreds of trees, pick up bags full of trash or photograph nearly as many critters. Team Sisters will be helping to add a little insight into the finishing touches for the book my sister and I collaborated on.
I have been part of teams that didn’t work out very well. Sometime we need to try out a few teams before we find a good fit. Have you joined a team and how did that work out for you?
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