One of the best things I did as a writer was to find other authors and connect with them. Sometimes writing can be a lonely business and it is fun to be able to commiserate with people who understand this. I also love being able to talk crazy plot ideas, serious characterization, and international incidents and settings and not have people look at me funny (like I'm a little crazy. Or they're bored. Or like they've heard it a million times. You know what I mean.) Especially if I'm out to lunch and a great idea hits me, I want to be able to talk about sinister plots to take over the world and not have it be awkward. Fellow authors make it fun!
My author friends have also become trusted critique partners, shoulders to cry on when a rejection comes in, and the first people at my door with celebratory chocolate when the contract comes through. Writing can be so difficult one minute and so rewarding the next, it just makes such a difference to have friends to share it with. Of course, if you want friends, the first step is putting yourself out there to find the wonderful writers who are in the same boat.
I have met so many of you from the SixLDSWriters and a Frog blog, and then on this blog, at different writers’ conferences, at booksignings, through my publishing company, and from my time as an editor and journalism teacher, and I’m so grateful for all of you, both writers and readers, and your support of all my different projects.
So, in the spirit of finding more friends, I have decided to do something a little different and broaden my horizons by participating in RachWrites Platform Building Campaign. This is a campaign to bring the writing community together and I’m really excited about it. I’ve already met some really great people and I’m looking forward to walking this “campaign” trail. (It’s a lot more fun than any real-world political trail going on right now. Haha) If you are interested in seeing what it’s all about you can find out more here
So go check it out! I think it will be fun.
Do you have a lot of writer friends? Do you have more in real-life or online? And if you are a new writer friend, feel free to introduce yourself.