Thursday, October 15, 2015

Surround Youself with Writing Buddies

Writing is no different than anything else that we enjoy, it's always better with a partner. Someone to share the ups and downs with because anyone who has tried to get a book published knows there are tons of obstacles to cross.

And some of those obstacles are really difficult to deal with by yourself. Especially rejections, which are a plenty for most writers.

When I was early into my writing career, a very wise person told me to make sure I join a critique group. I was very skeptical about that because I just wasn't sure I could even write, let alone ready to let anyone else see what I'd written. But being in a critique group has really been beneficial. It definitely opened my eyes and proved to me that I wasn't so bad at this afterall! Plus, I've learned so much from them.

I thank God for my critique group, my writer's group, all my writing friends especially Courtney Rene who helps me everyday in some way, my book signing partner in crime, Deborah Lynne but most of all my mom/sis who are also writers. Having them to discuss my stories, their stories and the struggles we are facing in this industry, has helped me tremendously. I don't think I'd have four books published today if it weren't for all those people.



Let's face it, authors like to talk about our writing and nothing helps or inspires us more than when we talk to someone who is as interested in the written word as we are. So if you're an author or an aspiring author, next time you attend a book signing, a writer's group, a conference or some other kind of event, don't be shy - make the extra effort to talk to another author. You never know what kind of relationship will form from it. That's exactly how Deborah Lynne and I met and we have both thanked our lucky stars that we did.

15 comments:

  1. I quiver and shiver to think what would become of me and of mom with you, our cheerleader and fellow writer, at our side. Aren't we so very lucky to be sharing this wonderful creative endeavor together? Thanks for your friendship as well as your support.

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  2. ah. That was supposed to read WITHOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  3. I 100% agree! I don't even want to think about where I would be without my fabulous critique group. So often, we are much too close to our own work to see the flaws or the areas in need of improvement, but a writing buddy can look at our work with fresh, objective eyes and offer much needed feedback. It's invaluable!

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  4. I'm shy, so that part of it is tough for me. I always feel like the odd person out at events. I went to a conference recently and sat with a couple of newbies at lunch because the established authors are all so cliquey. I actually had a great time getting to know new people and getting their perspective. Unfortunately, most writers grab onto a group of friends and only talk to them at these things.

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    1. I used to be one that always kept to the back of the room but my writing has opened me up a bit. I think established writers are usually a bit standoffish, shy, and keep to themselves. But that's because we can't tell ALL our secrets! Gotta leave something for the books! lol

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  5. Yes. Writers need other writers. We'd be lost without each other. I couldn't imagine getting through a week in this industry on my own.

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    1. Me neither, Kelly. So glad I met you when I was first getting my Pea book published. You helped me from feeling so "out in left field."

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  6. You are so sweet. You have been a huge help to me as well. Sometimes just venting out a problem with a story or struggling with rejections to someone that "gets" it makes all the world. I'm so thankful to have found you.

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    1. Me too, Courtney. You're friendship has meant everything! Writing wise and otherwise.

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  7. I've never been in a critique group, but I have found many writers who are encouraging, insightful, helpful, supportive, and always there to make me feel alright when the nerves settle in. They are more han friends even if we've never met face to face.

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  8. I haven't been in a group either but have found critique partners for particular projects and that's worked out well for me, too. Writers need writers for support!

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