Never before have I felt so non-solitary.
Sometimes I feel like I'm in the middle of this enormous crowd, struggling for readers' and fellow bloggers' attention.
And in what other industry do workers express themselves as much and to as many people as writers? Writers write to connect with the world around them, to tell the guy next door and the guy across the ocean, "Hey! This is who I am! And this is how I see the world!"
Does the guy in the cubicle ever get to do that? Or the truck driver who spends countless hours on the road, away from his family?
No. We do.
Even the physical act of writing is no longer solitary. We have things like NaNoWriMo to let everyone know just how many words we wrote and maybe even how many hours we spent doing it. As we write our first drafts, we send them to CPs to help us hone our strengths and fix our weaknesses. And when that's all done, we send it to even more people.
No. Writing is not solitary. It may have been once upon a time, but those days are gone for the majority of us out there.
So why do we cling to this idea of aloneness?
You tell me.