Celeste Jones asked a great question last month. She asked: do you consider writing to be a lonely activity? Lonely? Not on your life! I love my characters. Cassie has been with me since childhood. I can certainly see why people would ask this question and I imagine non-writers would feel that writing is lonely. But the vast majority of writers that answered her question gave a resounding, NO! I love having a weekend to myself when Nick is away I can go the whole weekend with no desire to leave the house, and no reason to talk to another living soul.
One responder did mention that it might be lonely for the person the writer lives with. I can see that. I like to go off into my writing room alone, except for the cats, and that does leave Nick alone. But I always stop by seven o’clock during the school year and during the summer when I can write during the day, I stop before he comes home.
I love the solitude of writing, I love the quiet, and I love my characters – my friends, who live contentedly in my head. I love them for the feeling of companionship they give me when I write.