Writing is something all writers put their heart and soul into. They slave over the blank page for days, weeks and month on end to try and craft something worthy of sharing. But it’s a very lonely process. We are locked away in our writing or editing caves and kept away from our loved ones to try and nurture our passions into a complete work of art.
Writers will inevitably undergo ups and down during different phases of their writing career. In these phases, it benefits to have other people in your like, ones that you see face to face and those you have virtually, to confide in. Writing friends can, and will, save your sanity.
Four Reasons Having Writer Friends Can Save Your Sanity
The Power of Understanding
Other writers will not only understand everything you are going through, but they will be able to support you through the lows of the gig too. If you’re stuck with a bit of a plot and can’t quite figure it out, send it to a writing friend. If you are having a mental breakdown about how rubbish your novel is and how you need to put it in the bin, your writing friends will turn your frown upside down and tell you about how they had the same feelings only moments ago.
Encouragement to Keep Writing
Your writing friends are likely to be some of your beta readers. They’ll listen to ideas, introduce us to new tools and even provide us with a spark of encouragement by sharing their own achievements. You can do sprints with them, have a weekly check in and provide cheering support for all the exclusive book knowledge you’ll share!
Now I’m not saying this is a guarantee, but, most of your writer friends will exchange writings with you. As in, they will read yours and you will read theirs. Exchange comments, suggestions and critiques. This will help your writing too.
I get it, you’re thinking, but they’re already friends Rhianne. They’re writing friends. Yes, but do you find yourself talking about a LOT more than writing? Do you confide in them sometimes, things you might not want to share with others? Yep, they become an all round. Research has also shown that people who have the strong social connection with their friends live longer. Their lifespan is higher than the people who do not prefer making friends in their same field. So in this way writer friends also help you to live your life healthier and with a strong heart.
I for one have found that my writing friends save my sanity day after day and provide me with a whole team of cheerleaders hoping I reach my dreams. What do you love about your writing friends?