Writing can be a very lonely job sometimes.
You spend all day at your computer and notebooks, your only companions the ones that exist in your own mind.
However, did you know that having someone else – a real, live person, not just a character – in your life is actually really good? Not just for you, but for your writing as well?
I’m pretty lucky that I have siblings who are also writers. If you read my post Project Inspire (which you can check out here!) then you know the whole backstory on why I started writing.
Mary is now a blogger as well (check her blog out out here!) and Cecilia is still working on her trilogy. We all like to chat about writing, gushing about the way it was executed in a book or movie, or complaining about problems we’re having right now.
However, I never truly realized the power of having a “writing buddy” until this past school year.
What is A Writing Buddy?
The primary idea of a writing buddy is a person who will keep you accountable about your writing. They’re someone who will check up on you on a consistent basis, and you can talk to about your writing. They are, preferably, a writer as well.
During the past school year, I started talking every week with a friend of mine. We’d plan the time, and then chat until one of us had to go for school or life reasons. (In case you don’t know, I am actually an online homeschooler, so she’s a friend from school)
This girl is actually a writer as well, and so, of course, we would talk about our writing.
Yes. *cough cough* Talk.
Now, I look forward to talking with her every week and sharing snippets of my writing with her. We flail over one another’s epic writing and gush about the characters, spinning fantasies of the someday when we’re published. It’s so much fun.
This is about when I realized how powerful a writing buddy can be.
5 Reasons Why Writing Buddies are Awesome:
- They hold you accountable about your writing, first off.
- You always want to write at least something so that you can show them it – meaning that you’re always making at least a little progress on your writing.
- They help you feel good about your own writing! When you share snippets and they gush over it, it can feel really good.
- It gets you excited to write. You enjoy talking about your book with them, so you start thinking about it and becoming even more inspired.
- Literally, you have a huge fan cheering you on. And they’re a writer who gets these things. When you go off on a tangent about character arcs or subplots, they understand what you’re talking about.
When finding a writing buddy, just make sure that they’re someone you trust. You don’t want this person stealing your writing and selling it off as their own, or tearing you down. That is not the purpose of a writing buddy.
My own sort of “writing buddy” is not very serious. Neither of us really keep each other accountable – except mentally, seeing as we want to share more progress with one another. So it’s nothing serious, and we just enjoy ourselves. Win-win.
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Do you have a writing buddy?
Do you like to talk with anyone else about your writing?
Do you have any siblings who are also writers?