There is an old saying, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” I heard it a lot when I was a child, but I’ve found this to be a false statement. What you don’t know will hurt you.
Granted, what you don’t know–you don’t know. None of us can know everything. So, if what you don’t know can hurt you and none of us knows everything, what is the solution? How can we protect ourselves? Community.
My experience is that there is great benefit from online community.
I live in a city of about 250,000. There are a few writing groups, but they meet once a week or once a month. Same with critique groups. This may be enough for you, but it’s not enough for me.
There are thousands of communities (groups) on
- Other social media platforms
The temptation may be to join many–more is better.
One can join so many that they are spread thin on time or they get confused by a flood of information. My opinion, find one or two that meets your needs and stick with them.
Use the rest of your time to research.
The world has never been this small. There has never been so much information available. Current information. What happens in one part of the world at 10 AM is known around the world by 11 AM.
Things are constantly changing–so much so that what works this morning may not work tomorrow morning.
Community can be a pool of minds that can work together to give answers, solve problems, improve methods, etc.
Community can be a group of sheeple–people who follow each other around, emulating what everyone else is doing without measuring the results. Stay away from these. If it can’t be measured, it isn’t worth doing.
Do your research. Investigate. It make take time, but it’s a great investment with huge returns.
Change something today to make your tomorrow better.
Literary Strategist, LLC