Writing is such a solitary craft and sometimes when the words won't come we feel isolated and alone. We think we're the only writer whose fingers aren't tapping away to a bestseller at 60 words per minute. In reality, writing for some of us is an ebb and flow process.
I have great writing days where I can count my writing in chapters, and I have terrible writing days when a few sentences are my great accomplishment. Either way, it's nice to be able to chat with another writer and know we've got each other's back.
On Twitter the other night a fellow author was having trouble getting the words done for NaNoWriMo and was frustrated. I'd had a bad day with little sleep and other issue that popped up, and could relate to her feelings of frustration. After a few minutes chatting online, we both felt better and encouraged one another to keep working…keep writing.
It's nice to vent. You don't want to be a downer all the time on Twitter, but to share a moment of camaraderie with another writer is important. One of the reasons I enjoy Twitter so much is the ability to comment and chat with someone when I can relate to their post.
I like being encouraging to other authors, and it's nice to know that when I need to hear that encouragement, it's out there for me.
What's your feelings on support from other writers?