We’re all authors here, and you know what we need?
We need friends who are authors, too.
Why, you ask?
I’m glad you asked!
1. Someone to read/critique your work… and someone you can read/critique
Let’s face it, we’re all looking for this, anyway. We’re looking for someone to help us with our work, for someone who we can help with their work. We’re looking for a writing buddy, someone we can talk craft with.
And that’s what you get in a writer friend!
You’ll have someone who’s honest with you about your writing, and someone who you can be honest with in turn. It’ll help both of you expand your craft, which is precisely what you were both looking for to begin with.
2. Someone who understands exactly what you’re going through… and someone you understand, too
Writers all go through the same things—whether we like to admit that or not. We’ve been through a lot of the same ordeals with editors, with publishers, with readers who throw a hissy fit over not getting the sequel out in a timely fashion. Oy. It can get annoying, and it’s great to have a friend who really understands what that’s like.
That’s why you need an author friend. They’re someone who understands the industry, who you can tell your stories to without having to stop every two sentences to explain exactly what you’re talking about. Who wants to do that all the time?!
I know you’ve seen those blank looks when you try to talk publishers with someone who knows nothing about this business. It's not fun. So go get yourself an author friend.
3. Someone you can work with… and someone who’d like to work with you
Let’s say you’re looking for someone to do a compilation with. Well, look no further than you’re awesome author friend!
Yeah, maybe your styles don’t really mesh well, but that’s the challenge of writing with someone else—and it will teach both of you a thing or two about the writing process, even if the story isn’t one either of you would ever consider publishing.
You need someone who will stretch you in what you can and can't do with your craft, and that’s exactly what authors do for each other. We bend each other. We learn from each other. And we help each other out. Because that's what friends do.
Author friends are just more cool, because we know a lot of the same things other others know, and it's great to have that camaraderie.
4. Because we could all use more friends, couldn’t we?
It’s true. A lot of us are loners, and we could really use more friends. So how great is it when we find a friend who’s also an author?!
I’m telling you, that’s not a person you’ll want to let go of. At all. Ever. That’s a friend you’ll want to keep by your side for years, if only so you have someone to vent to when a story isn’t going your way—and so they’ll have someone, too.
So go make some friends, and make sure some of them are in the same business as you.
You’ll be glad you did.