Solitary Confinement—Must End!
This biz can make one a hermit hiding behind a computer screen or reared back in the recliner holding a laptop—so it’s really important, in my opinion, to form some writer friendships. I’ve surely been blessed that way. I have a gaggle of buddies.
It started with an organization called American Christian Fiction Writers acfw.com where I met my first bud: Kim Vogel Sawyer.kimvogelsawyer.com This lady is an extraordinary author, so prolific. (She’s probably written a chapter while you were reading to here….) Kim sold her first book in 2003 and had several more contracts within three months. Our online friendship morphed into a once a year retreat at her home in Kansas.
And that’s where we meet with our crit buddies: Connie Stevens, the brainstorm queen; conniestevenswrites.com Margie Vawter, punctuation expert;marjorievawter.com Jalana Franklin, all things pink and Southern;jalanafranklin.com Darlene Wells, a California breath of fresh air;darlenewells.com Kristian Libel, amazing mom and writer.
Our collective group has become more than a critique group. We’ve developed such bonds over the last ten years and walked through many life experiences together. Blessed we are that our online friendship has budded into something much much deeper than reading each other’s pages. We call upon each other for prayer and support daily.
Do you have author friends who “get it?” Who know the voices in your head are characters yearning to be on a page? Most times our immediate family think we’re a bit off and aren’t always interested in when Susie Q swooned and said “I love you” to Awesome Hunk. Or did Joe really shoot Ted? Why? What were their motivations?
All these questions which swarm in our gray matter can be buffered about when talking with another writer. If you don’t have someone like that in your life: RUN to the nearest writers’ chapter in your area or get online and find one.
An Author Friend is a necessity in a writer’s life. IMHO
Eileen Key retired after teaching school for thirty years. She is a freelance writer and editor/proofreader. Mother of three, grandmother of four, Eileen resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she is an active member of the local American Christian Fiction Writers Chapter and Redemption Hill Church.