Get A Writing Buddy

I have the pleasure of a writing buddy who writes so beautifully that I am giddy every time I see another chapter in my inbox.

As I read, I don’t offer a lot of critiques because she’s just that good.

What I offer is being her accountability buddy. I keep her motivated by looking forward to reading her chapters, by commenting on what I felt, what I expect to happen and where I hope it doesn’t go.

I also have bucket loads of marketing experience that I offer, so it’s not entirely an unequal partnership.

This past weekend we meet to go over the series she’s writing, where it’s going and how to market it. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty excited about her book to get published because it’s a great story.

But what stuck out must in our meeting today is when she told me how long she had been stewing on this story. Over five years! She never dedicated time and effort to it because she would find other exciting things to do such as painting another incredible arty stuff.

She thanked me for being her reader because she is more motivated now than ever before. She writes every day – sometimes at 2AM to work on a chapter that needed refining.

I absolutely love her writing process. It’s helped me with mine. She’s my critique partner, my writing buddy, and my friend.

As a writer to another writer, I strongly encourage you to find one.

Until you do, keep writing.

Never Ending Need For Writers

I don’t think we will ever get to a time when the world says, “Okay writers, you’ve done your jobs, now go find something else to do.”

Stories are timeless.

They take days and weeks to write and only hours to digest. There are so many voracious readers out there looking for something unique – something special.

As a writer, you could have something special to give them. The only thing standing between your story and them is getting those words to paper. Once the story is written, it gets a lot easier. Revising and editing will never take as long as writing the original story. And publishing – indie style takes a few hours at most.

So, the question becomes, if you wake up every day wanting to write your story then you better believe that you’re a writer. <-I paraphrased Whoopie Goldbergs character from Sister Act II.

The reason I say this is because it’s easy to get discouraged, and it’s even easier to tell yourself to quit before everything comes crashing down. Or that the market is too hard and you will never make it.

Please don’t give into those dark thoughts.

Like I said, if you love writing, then you need to write. If your story needs worked on, then revise it however many times it needs until you’re ready to send to a editor. After that, it’s just a few button clicks away on Amazon’s KDP.

Get motivated.

Get organized.

Make 2019 your best writing year yet!