Last Thursday afternoon I went to my cousin Erin‘s house for some much needed blogging, scrivenering and writing/editing time. Erin is a fellow blogger and writer (you can find her blog, One Word More, here) and we always have a good time when we work on our books together.
Erin and I often say how great it is to have a writing buddy. Until I moved to North Carolina a year ago, I hadn’t had a writing buddy quite like this in a long time. To clarify, I had friends who were also writers and I even participated in a writer’s club for a year. Those club meetings were great and I’m so glad I have those friends, but I had never taken away time to meet with one of those fellow writers, sit down and actually write together, along with discussing ideas and reading our work. I love having been able to do this with Erin several times over the past year. It is so encouraging to sit with a fellow writer who understands what it’s like to go through writer’s block and what it’s like when the characters end up writing the story for you, whether you like it or not. It’s also nice to have a writer friend who can tell you about writing tools and things they discover (like Scrivener and blogging) as they walk down the writer’s path with you.
I’m always telling people that writers need to stick together. Most of the time they laugh and smile in response. Yes, it sounds kind of funny, but it really is true. A writer can survive just fine on their own, but when they have a team, the process is a lot more enjoyable. There are many writers out there, but in a way, there are few of us. I always get excited when I meet another writer, no matter what age they are (okay, if I were being honest, it’s maybe a little more exciting when they’re closer to my age! But I greatly admire writers older than me who have been writing longer than me). Writers have to stick together because they all have one goal: to write a good story.
But there are more than just fellow writers in a writer’s team. Having parents and siblings who encourage me in my writing helps when I’m not sure if I’m spending my time wisely. Having friends who get excited about new developments in my writing helps when I wonder if my story is worth writing. Having writing buddies helps when I feel like I’m the only one trying to tell a story. But not just any story. Like I said above, a really good story that I would want to take time away from my day to read. A story that is either new, or brings a new perspective on something already known. A story that came from me.
All of these people have had a part in bringing about my final success (published novel) just as much as I, the writer, have. So, in short, I’m glad to have a new-not-so-new writing buddy. We cheer each other on and help each other out at all the right times. And I’m very thankful to all my friends and family who have supported me and my pursuit through the years. Even though Bridget’s Journey has been published for almost two years now, I am still getting praise and encouragement from family and friends about it, and it really makes my day! Thank you!