Welcome to Walk With Me Wednesday where we share together in the journey through writing. This month I bring to you the theme of community. I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to join in the conversation. I’m elated to share their work with you.
Today ends our Guest Post series on community at Cisneros Cafe. I am overjoyed to have mi hermana from Compel Training join me here on Walk With Me Wednesday. Please welcome Christina Hubbard of Creative and Free. She is a wonderful woman after God’s heart. She inspires me with every post and is a kindred spirit in poetry. You won’t want to miss her Dreamcatcher Series.
I am a writer and poet, making sense of my noisy life in this little space. My stories focus on living with purpose, honesty, and generosity.
I’m not afraid to wade through the nitty gritty places with you: insecurity, fear, anxiety, body image, just to name a few. I’m a fellow struggler. There’s no skipping the hard stuff here, because that’s where the healing starts. Let’s be overcomers together.
Why Writers Shouldn’t Be Lone Rangers
There’s a stereotype that writers are loners, like the iconic American cowboy. Riding the range, independently living by one’s own strength. But great writers have always drawn from each other, tapping into the incredible power of collaboration and community. When we view writing as a connecting art instead of a cloistered activity, we tap into our greatest strength.
Writing to Know We’re Not Alone
I’m a bit of a cowgirl. I spend my days writing, alone. Uninterrupted quiet makes for great writing time, but at day’s end, I long to connect. We write to give experience and expertise, to figure out our lives. Many of us write to simply know we’re not the only ones.
What Keeps Us From Sharing the Journey
Recently I was invited to a start-up writing group. Part of me wanted to connected, but my introverted self wanted to stay home. What if I didn’t know anyone? What if it was a total waste of time? And the thought I’m ashamed to share: what if I already know everything? Pride and fear threatened to keep me from connecting.
Joining other writers, whether online or in person, is a bit like writing a vulnerable blog post. Throwing ourselves out to the world, not knowing if anyone will respond or understand. We want to connect, but it feels easier to ride solo.
We’re So Much Better Together
It’s ironic that we often write in a disconnected yearning to connect with an audience and to God. How do we push past our pride and fear and join with other writers?
The apostle Paul writes, “May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6 (NLT)
We’ve got to show up. To gather over coffee and around tables, in Facebook groups and blogging forums. To sit under stars and around campfires swapping stories, hardships, and victories. There are potential writing friends a few miles down the street, or a click away, people just like us, who need to know writing doesn’t have to be lonely.
We’ve got to ride together. I went to that writing group and spent a night learning from incredible writers. My fear and pride dissipated. I left humbled and ecstatic to know there were others who knew the pains and rewards of writing.
No matter what we write, we’re writing for each other. We are a powerful force for good when our efforts are focused together. Let’s put all stereotypes aside and saddle up: together. Even the Lone Ranger had a sidekick.
When was the last time you talked writing with another writer? What writer needs the power of your invitation?
Thank you so much for agreeing to contribute to Walk With Me Wednesday. You were one of the first bloggers I started reading when I started this journey and am excited to have you here. God bless you and your family and your call to write. You’re an inspiration.