Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Write Friends

A moment with my dear friend, Annie Valentine:
Professional writer, excellent speaker, and closet wedding planner.

Writing can be a wonderful means of self-expression, an outlet for creativity, and a terrific way to earn a living.  

But it can also be isolating, which isn't always good for the writer or for their material.  Writers should take opportunities to get to know and associate with other writers.  Following blogs, attending conferences, joining writing groups in real-life and online - these are all ways to connect with others who share your interests and passions, and who know the joys and frustrations of the writer's life.

Some of my closest friends are people I've met through writing networks.  Pictured above is Annie Valentine, one of many talented writers I've met over the years.  Annie is a great ally and support, both in my efforts as a writer and in my non-writing life.  She even took over and put together my son's wedding reception!  (Believe me, that was a very, very good thing.  Until then, I was in charge.  I won't share the details, but if the words 'plastic table cloths' strike fear in your heart, you can see how Annie's intervention was timely.)

In a recent post about the importance of editing, I introduced you to Emily and Jenny. These are also people I've met through writing, and who have made a difference in the quality of my work as well as the quality of my life.

Jenny and Emily, panelists at a recent conference.

The list goes on and on. 

The importance of having relationships outside your writing life is also incredibly important, but that's a post for another time.  Today might be a good time to examine how your career, your skills, your productivity, and above all the quality of your life could be improved by having a few friends in the writing business.

If nothing else, you have me!  Whatever your questions, whatever encouragement or suggestions you're looking for to help you keep plugging away at your craft, you can bring to this web site, or to my e-mail.

And if you're in the market for a good wedding planner, have I got a writer for you!

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