I had sort of an opposite approach happen in the last year. Rather than beginning with writing and then finding a way to connect outside of it, I moved connections from outside of writing towards my writing. I was running recurring virtual events, and soon the event invitations expanded to newsletter posts. I started publishing these on Medium and used the events to support my writing. The events were virtual drawing parties where we'd gather on Zoom and I'd share a few writing prompts and everyone would draw. At the end we'd share our drawings. It was a ton of fun. Each week I'd pick a different theme and set of prompts. Through the weeks a general theme emerged around using creativity to further understand ourselves and express ourselves. This became a theme I could explore through writing.