Having a community, a social support system, a network, or whatever you call it is important. As much craziness and stuff I have gone through the past year in the half, I wouldn’t have made it without my friends and a community of support.
I’ve spoken before about the importance about having networks and communities in my life. If it weren’t for my family and friends, I wouldn’t have been to survive my 20s. (And I say this because I turn 30 this year). Community. Family. Friends. Acquaintances. Work family.
Last year, when I attempted NaNoWriMo, I decided to do something different and reach out to others across the NaNoWriMo community. I had some luck when I did the breakout camp sessions in April and July. Not only did I have encouragement, but it also created some form of accountability. So, when November rolled around, it seemed like the obvious choice again. I joined a Facebook group and from there, Narrator Neighborhood was born and relaunched this past Tuesday.
While this is a shameless plug, the web site is an excellent resource and community. It’s been vastly helpful over the past few months while I have been trying to finish the novel I started back in November. Check it out.