The thing for young and/or inexperienced writers to remember is that is soon as one starts treating your work professionally, as something serious and worthy of effort, not to mention respect, one can enter a world of other creative people who have the same struggles, goals, and roadblocks. We all go through the writing life in various stages, with similar milestones, similar roadblocks, but all with unique stories. All one has to do is make that mental shift from closeted, cloistered, would-be fiction writer, toiling away forlornly in a lonely garret, to Real-Life Fiction Writer. Once you make that shift, you discover your tribe, your peeps.
Yours truly met Elaine Isaak on Odyssey Writing Workshop’s Graduation Day. She is an Odyssey alum herself and came to attend The Never-Ending Odyssey, a week-long summer workshop for Odyssey grads that takes place right after the six-week workshop. I ran into Elaine again last fall at the World Fantasy Convention, where we joined the larger tribe of genre fiction peeps, fellow writers both further along the path and those just starting out. Connections are made, and we all benefit from those connections.