I asked Katie Irving from the Blog Catching Tales to guest post for me this week. I have known Katie since I started this blog and I feel like we have become good friends and support one another. I hope you find her article about Writing Buddies useful!
In my twenties I would discover the world of role play. This would make a huge impact on my life not so much with writing, but the friendships that I would form. I still keep in contact with these friends and a few of them I consider my best friends. They understood character voices, story itches and the need to write.
In my adult life, I went through three years of no writing. It wasn’t a writer’s block, but a lack of motivation because of depression. Once I sought help, I was able to find the love of writing again. I managed to find a critique group of three and having them in my life helped a lot. They encouraged me and challenged me. While we don’t meet any more, they have made an impact on my writing.
I’ve learned over the years and more so lately how important it is to have writing friends. You can find them everywhere. If you’re looking for local writing friends you can search on Craigslist for groups or post your own, you can also look on Meetup.com for writing groups.
You can also find them on social media. This is how I met the lovely Shelly. The thing with social media is you need you need to find your niche in it, comment everyone’s posts and start a conversation. It takes time and patience to find them, but when it happens it’s one of the best things that happen.
We as writers are here for the same purpose; telling our stories. We understand that we aren’t crazy when we say we have voices in our heads and sometimes talk to them. The struggles and joys are real to us as real as the characters’ lives we create.
Find those writers, who will motivate your writing instead of bring you down. Talk to them, encourage and support them during struggles and triumphs. Ask for their help when you need it and be sure to give your advice when they ask for it.
Know writing buddies will not have you committed when you say you have voices in your head, they will be there to break you out.
What experiences have you have with writing groups or if you have a person in your life you feel helps you to keep going? What benefits have you derived in your own experience?
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