Being a writer is hard. Mostly because it’s lonely work.

I sit alone in my office and tell myself it’s time to write. But what are other people doing in the world? They’re walking a dog. They’re speeding away to put out fires. They’re watching children on a playground. My imagination doesn’t have to travel far. All of this can be seen and heard from my office windows.

And still I sit.

Last week, I had friends to write with.

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We sat around a giant table and wrote together.

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There was no talking. But occasionally, when we would stare off into space, into a character’s private world, we would find ourselves staring at each other. That always brought a smile. A quiet smile, because there was no talking.

But in those hours together, I wrote.

I was productive.

I was not alone.

I knew that other writers live like me. They sit. They set themselves apart from the world.

So today as I sit down to write, I try not to think about life outside my windows.

I imagine my friends.

I hear their keys clicking.

I see their seemingly vacant stares, and I know that they are thinking deeply about worlds yet to be revealed.

I smile.

And I too begin to write.

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