Writers can be awkward people because they're by nature interested in the politics of human society, although they best identify these politics on paper, rather than verbally. Writers are writers because their ability for language is heightened on paper, as if their ability to access a portion of their minds weakens when their mouths open. I'm not to say writers can't speak--it's actually the opposite--good writers are generally good speakers, but the main point here is that in everyday social life, writers typically operate on a different wavelength than the general population because despite observing human politics, their ability to understand and re-communicate to others only rouses when they write.
So? Although this phenomena is clear and concise, it's not one of the more popular thoughts about how writers write. Here are a few: "They listen to the Muses," or "They find inspiration in simple or natural things," or "They read things that help them think." These things sound magical, and in a sense artistry is an intangible power, however the very non-sexy and clerical aspect of modern writing is that writers often thrive better and more prolifically when they have a strong external support system. Since writing is solitary and intense, and rarely leads directly to financial success, a strong support system lifts the mental, emotional and financial burden so the writer can do more of the thing they want to do: just write. This is not to say they are wholly dependent upon others, it's to say that others facilitate the writing process through sectioning off energy and responsibilities so the writer can focus all that energy on their work.
Look at James Joyce. Yes, he had a wife and child, who tolerated his compulsion for jet setting, due in part most likely to his not-so-shiny reputation. He taught to earn money, that is, until he met wealthy publisher Harriet Shaw Weaver, who funded his full-time writing for over two decades. Joyce wasn't accepted by any means with open arms by the literary market, however it simply took one person--who wasn't his wife--to completely open his schedule so he could fill it with his art. It's certainly a success story, however if you look at many successful authors, their strength indeed comes from within, but their endurance has an external influence.
Writers certainly develop substantive strength, however they aren't autonomous. That's not an insult, but a truth that we writers may want to be honest and open about if we are to write well.
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