Writers tend to self-isolate, it seems. So many of our most beloved authors retreated inward and wrote about the isolation therein. I wonder often if writers are people who like to be alone but need content, so they write about loneliness. Or if writers are naturally lonely and therefore, producing such content.

Sure, Joan Didion wasn’t lonely on purpose – her husband died and her career reflected that. Hemingway maybe didn’t deserve a romantic partner because he was a destructive, accident-prone, abusive drunk. And Gillian Flynn seems to channel the feeling of loneliness into characters who make relationships seem volatile and dangerous, by nature.

Take a few moments to write about what loneliness means to you – do you choose to be alone knowing that loneliness may come with it – do you have companionship and does that do anything to your writing – do you spend most of your time with single or coupled people?

Alone and Lonely are two really different ideas and delineating what makes them different may help you learn something about what you value.