Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Writer's Best Friend

Sorry, this will be a short post. Lol, that's probably a good thing actually, given you most likely have a busy day. I just want to talk about what I think may be a writer's best friend: their support group.

From what I've seen and experienced, I've come to the conclusion a writer's support network is invaluable for maintaining sanity and morale. Writing is a lonely job, with only the voices in our heads to keep us company.

These networks can be other readers, writers, even friends and family who 'get' us. Basically, it's anybody who shows an active interest in what we do. My support group derives from all the sources I just listed. And each source offers something a little different. My friends and family offer unconditional support even if they really don't understand what I'm doing. Other writers (you know who you are:) provide the guidance and experience I need, while readers give beneficial feedback on my finished works.

If you're a writer, who's your support network? And how do they keep you sane? I look forward to hearing your answers!

~Lisa Kumar~


Casea Major said...

My critique group is my support and there are a few ladies in that group I consider some of my best friends though we've never laid eyes on each other. A personal support group is essential for everyone not just writers. But the lonely job of the writer does cast light on the great need.

Nice post!

Brenda said...

I agree 100% with what Casea said. My crit group is my support group. And some of them have become close friends.

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Several online groups, my local RWA chapter and my friends and family. You're so right, I would have gone insane a long time ago if it wasn't for some very, very specical friends... Great post, Lisa!

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Lisa Kumar said...

Casea, Brenda, and Sara, thanks for stopping by! I agree with all of you:) Crit groups, family, and friends can be indispensable to writers.

Sharon Bayliss said...

Hi Tabitha,

Thanks for following the Blue Word, I am following you now too. I have found great support through blogging. That's how I've met all my critique partners and it's just great to get supportive comments so I know I'm not alone! :)

Sheri Fredricks said...

My support group are my close crit partners, then it radiates outward from there. My husband is always in my corner; celebrating victories and picking me up. He can also pour a great glass of wine.

I've become closer to my online crit partners than I have most physical folks.