There are many stereotypes surrounding the personality of a writer.
When you think of someone as a writer, you think of idiosyncrasies, erratic behaviour, absent-mindedness. You imagine a person who is prone to moodiness and sudden flights of inspiration. You picture someone who is uncomfortable around people or who observes them for writing material only. You believe a lonely existence, someone who can open the fridge completely in the nude because she is always alone at home and the fridge won’t think it rude.
And you would probably be right.
Writing is a solitary craft. When we write, we are alone in a universe of our own making. Our inspiration is a jealous mistress. She won’t be shared with anyone – not even a loving partner.
Once we complete our work, however, every writer no matter how shy or retiring, seeks an audience. Nothing helps a writer more than belonging to a community of writers. Other worshippers of the written word whom she can respect, whose feedback and opinion she can rely on, people with whom she can discuss her craft.
So it is essential for writers to shed their image of being aloof, withdrawn, and self-absorbed. It is imperative that writers stop being solitary animals and go forth and make contacts. Because writing is also a profession. Any profession requires us to network, make contacts, know people who can help us get ahead in our lives.
In today’s context, a writer will need to have her own website, tweet regularly, blog often, and be on Facebook if only to send and receive pokes. She will need to promote herself, submit her work constantly to online periodicals and journals, and collect her rejection slips religiously until the happy day of actually getting accepted arrives. This way, there is a greater chance that she may get her work published, be known to and by the right audience. This way, she is sure to touch lives with her writing.
What do you think? How social does a writer need to be according to you? Or does getting social, networking, doing social networking get in the way of actual writing? Leave us a comment.