isolated writers

Dear Writer,

Do you ever get depressed without knowing what exactly is bothering you? Do you sometimes feel tired, restless, and not sure what to do with yourself? Maybe you find yourself spending too much time talking to your dog and checking your social media. You’re sick of your story and your characters and you don’t know why.

Now think about the last time you had a good chat or laugh with someone. How long has it been?

Writers have a tendency to isolate themselves. We live inside our heads, but it’s medically proven that loneliness bad for us physically and mentally. It’s also bad for our craft. Staying isolated prevents us from being connected to the world and the people we write about.

Meet someone for coffee or a beer. Plan a dinner party. Call a close family member or friend. See how you feel afterward.