Erin Green Author - blog
Being an author is my dream job. I get to immerse myself in my writing every day, drink as much tea as I can brew and choose the place, time and hours of work. One huge downfall is not having work colleagues. I don’t get to chat about last night's TV, or hear their good news whilst using the photocopier and no one ever surprises me with a cake on Fridays! Though I do take myself off to the local bakery, now and then. It can feel pretty isolating working in a tiny room, staring at a screen, despite the dog’s constant company.
Which is one reason why I frequently nip to local coffee shops or cafés to complete my work, simply to be surrounded by the buzz of human beings and ear-wig on their conversations, of course.
Thankfully, since November 2021, I have found another remedy which has worked wonders for me: London Writers’ Salon. Each weekday, this on-line community writes together, four times a day for one hour sessions, via Zoom chasing the 8am time slot around the world. As I write this blog spot, I am attending the London 8am session and there are 247 other writers busily working on their projects – ‘we’re apart but together’. In a typical day, I get to sit amongst 500-600 writers from around the globe and write!
London – 8am UK
New York – 8am ET (1pm in UK)
Los Angeles – 8am PT (4pm in UK)
Aussie – 8am AEDT (9pm in UK)
There’s two co-hosts on each session, a set routine regarding setting your intentions, moral encouragement and 50 minutes of dedicated writing. And the lovely thing is any writer is welcome, you might be published, unpublished, a student, business folks doing admin – if you need to write something – then you are welcome to attend. And, what’s more these daily sessions are free!
I literally think of the sessions as ‘the office’ where the time determines my attendance. Since joining I’ve changed my writing day to coincide with their time slots. My writing hours are now 8am till 2pm with a return session at 4pm, enabling me to catch at least three sessions each day. I attend the Aussie session if I’m working late, it’s NaNoWriMo season or there’s a deadline nearing. In addition, there are currently two weekend sessions, which are much smaller affairs that begin at 8:30am – which I sometimes attend.
It won’t be the answer for every writer, but for me – there’s something magical that happens within each session!
Link: London Writers' Salon sessions