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Writing Doesn't have to be Lonely

People think it does. They're wrong.

I'll admit, a few months ago, I was a lonely writer. And by lonely writer, I mean I had no writer friends, no fans of my work, and no online presence. I refused to share my stuff with anyone, because I was afraid it would reveal me. To me, sharing my writing was like taking my beating heart out of my chest, handing it to someone and asking, "is this good enough?" The thought of doing that scared me shitless.

In December 2012, I made the brave decision to put my stuff online. I found Figment, a website where writers can share their work and get feedback. I didn't want to put up any of my old stuff, so I created something from scratch. That's when my current novel, Finding Elyssia was born. None of it was planned. I just signed up to Figment and started writing it with no idea about what the story was, or who the characters were.

After writing my first chapter, I clicked "Publish." It felt like my heart was going to break my chest. I was so nervous, but I had no reason to be. The response to Finding Elyssia was better than I hoped. Whoever read it, fell irrevocably in love with it. People were telling me to get it published, and begging me to let them know when it's available to buy. I felt like I was floating.

A few months, and several chapters later, I woke up to a message from a fan congratulating me for making it on the Figment homepage. I remember running to my desk and quickly logging onto Figment, unable to contain my excitement. Once I had the site up, my breath caught in my throat when I saw Finding Elyssia on the front page, with four other books. Throughout the whole day, I was getting notification after notification. People were following me, requesting more to read, posting their reactions, reviews, and comments! It was like being a famous writer for a day.

With each praise, I fell more and more in love with Finding Elyssia, and decided to use my Twitter account to connect with other writers. In the space of just a few months, my follower count jumped from 300 to over 1,000. All I could think was, "why didn't I do this before?"

For so long, I thought I was doomed to be a loner who would be too damn scared to ever share her writing with the world. Man, oh man, was I wrong. Sharing my work on Figment and connecting with writers on Twitter were two of the best decisions I could've made for my writing career. I really do feel like my time will come soon, and I'm ready for it. I'm always ready for it.

So bring it on.