Picture this. It was Saturday night and l was at my desk...stuck. The three pages that came out of me the day before had led me to a new dead end, and I was struggling to get anything on the page. I had been at it for hours and all I had to show for it, was one lousy sentence. Worse, I had no idea what I was writing, or where I was writing to. I was in the horrible middle of my novel and feeling completely at a loss. And so I went on Facebook and lamented about what a bitch the middle of my novel is. And out of cyberspace came a laugh out loud comment from a brilliant writer friend who is going through the exact same thing. I can not tell you how much that meant to me. To be able to laugh, to know that I was not alone, to go back and forth detailing our frustrations and referring to our middles as a belligerent drunk (mine), a souped up on carbs bully (hers), and then to have my dear friend and writing mentor weigh in on the whole matter with amazingly reassuring comments, was such a gift. Writing is lonely and hard and can be so frustrating, especially when you are stuck. Facebook has allowed me to make "friends" with so many other writers, some of us from class, some friends of friends, and it has allowed me to build and maintain a great community, who I can discuss the process with and cry out to, so that I never have to feel like I am wading out there in the dark alone.
And if you ever want to reach out from your writing desk and need a friend to talk to...know that I am only a Facebook friend request away!