Tuesday, April 2, 2013

IWSG - Writing is Lonely

Sometimes I am struck by how lonely my life as a writer is. My main social outlet is work (at least I work with really cool people). I work a standard M-F job that is quite hectic and stressful. After work I come home and spend time with my husband and daughter. My weekends are also dedicated to my husband and daughter.

I guess what I'm getting at is that the little free time I have is spent writing. I have opportunities to be social, but they cut into writing time, and I generally choose writing over social activities. My lonliness is completely self-imposed, yet I can't seem to give up my precious writing time.

I'm by nature a very social person. I'm the type of person that loves to go to a party and strike up conversations with complete strangers. I love meeting new people. Does anyone else feel like writing is a lonely passion? Or do other writers generally like solitude?


  1. Hi Camille, so nice to meet you and visit your blog. I'm helping Alex with cohost duties for IWSG. I have struggled with feelings of being lonely too since pursuing this writing full time. I quit a long career that had great support friends and coworkers and miss that support and camaraderie sometimes. I think that's why I like blogging; it fills a bit of that void. I've also reached out to the writing association in our state to find other like-minded friends. Best to you!

  2. By nature, I'm an introvert but also find writing is a lonely passion. The loneliness is compounded by the fact that like you I'll often give up social (or even other creative activities) to focus on my current writing project. As much as I enjoy alone time, even I need contact with the world too. :-)

    Today I met with some local writers and now am feeling rejuvenated. Even though we'll probably just meet once every couple months, it helps so much to know I have them. So, yes, I know how you feel!