Writing is a lonely enterprise. We sit behind our laptops/computers/tablets or with notebooks, pens and pencils, creating worlds and characters, lives and deaths and we do it all alone. Some may have a support network in place. You may have a supportive family and great friends, but they can’t put those words down for you and putting those words down can be isolating. Even if your family and friends are supportive of your writing, do they really understand what drives you to sit alone in your head with the new people you are bringing to life? Probably not. In that aspect, you are alone.
So how do you find a support network of people who can talk books and writing from a place of genuine understanding. People with a real enthusiasm for made up worlds and people who don’t exist?
Who else is going to pay to go to a book festival than someone with an utter love of all things books?
There are so many festivals out there, so which one should you go to?
You go to the one that suits what you’re writing and what you’re interested in. That’s where you will find your like minded people. And these are people who can end up being real friends who will be your writing support network and you theirs. I have met many crime writers at the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival I attend at Harrogate every year and I am lucky to be able to call some of them friends.
So, if you are a crime fiction writer or just a crime fiction fan, what festivals are about?
There is of course;
If you write in another genre, there are festivals about for those. I know Harrogate festivals have recently started an historical fiction festival. So you just need to use your internet browser and search engine and look up your genre along with the word festival and see what is out there. You will have a ball!