That's what NaNo is, isn't it? An enormous, international writers group. And everyone's doing (mostly) the same thing! Which is cool, because writing can get lonely, and having some like-minded people to talk to about it can be a lifesaver. NaNo even sponsors local meetups!
And that's what this post is about -- the joy of some face-to-face real-time interaction with other human beings.
Don't get me wrong. The internet has, literally, saved my life on several occasions. I'm shameless about my need for online communication on a daily basis (well, an all-day daily basis is probably closer to the truth).
But nothing beats once in a while being in the same room with other people. There's a different vibe to hearing actual voices, whether they're fighting to be heard or laughing, and seeing the expression on someone's face as she reads what you're written (or explains why your latest metaphor is a poor tortured creature begging to die). I'll give up the internet when you pry it out of my cold dead hands, but there's something about being in a roomful of people that gives me a total energy boost.
Last night, I got to do just that. I'd met some local YA authors at a signing here last week, and they invited me to join them! (Which is really generous and trusting, because writers/critique groups sometimes develop this precarious balance, and a new member is sort of like adding a third leg, or a dragon's tail. Although a dragon's tail would be sort of awesome, actually.) And we spent two hours talking about books, writing, publishing, and teen voices, which was exactly what I needed.
Try a writers group sometime. A real face-to-face one.
Do you belong to a writers group? Do you have a critique partner? Tell me what you like about it, or don't, in the comments!