There are times when you just need another writer buddy. Someone who understands exactly what you’re going through as you slog through your manuscript. In a perfect world, it’s someone who is better than you are – you learn more that way.
Take these last weeks. Babe Amy has been my Godsend. She’s gone back to the beginning of my manuscript and caught my mistakes and my many typos (I’m one of those people who don’t use spell check). She’s taken time away from her own writing to make sure I meet my 1/27 deadline. She’s had to read fast and furiously since I’m in speed writing mode – translation, I stay up all night and write, write, write until my beady little eyes can’t see anymore and then I sleep during the day, get up and do it all again.
Now that’s a friend. She knows time is of the essence and she’s really been a huge help. I’d do the same for her – have in the past and will continue to.
When are you not dealing with a friend? Well, someone who simply criticizes and wants you to write the story their way – your story, your voice. Someone who can’t or won’t get back to you in a reasonable amount of time. I’m high maintenance. I write a chapter a day. That’s a lot to ask of someone and not everyone is up to the task. They may have jobs, lives, their own deadlines – whatever. You need to know that the person you’re depending on will be there for you.
Smiley faces are good. A true friend will let you know when you’ve written good dialogue or you have a great line in the book. Not all comments have to be negative. Toss a bone every now and then. Everyone likes to be praised.
I’m just sorry not everyone has a Babe Amy. She’s always an email away!
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