There are also some social benefits from cooperating with others – particularly in writing groups. Interactions on social media are good but there’s nothing like meeting with other individuals who share a common interest not to mention common frustrations. In addition, some writers – well, me for example – have a tendency to spend a bit too much time behind a computer screen and meeting others in a cooperative environment serves to force one to physically get up, leave the computer and discover that there’s an actual world out there that extends beyond the imagination.
There are good reasons why I’m a member of local chapters as well as the national bodies of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Plus I like to get together with fellow authors I know through other venues, such as the recent mini-retreat we had at Lake Tahoe. Synergy is a real thing, friends.