Jennifer talks about her writer friend
Yesterday, I met a writer friend for breakfast. We met through our romance writer’s group and Twitter. She originally asked me out for coffee in order to pick my brain about how to get published. We discovered we have a lot in common and our personalities are similar, and we’ve since become very good friends. Although we live approximately thirty minutes apart, we get together approximately once a month for coffee or shopping (always near me, despite how often I suggest we go closer to her).
We’ve since developed into critique partners, so we spend about half our time chit chatting about our lives, and the other half talking about our writing. Sometimes that writing talk involves technology, industry information or writing suggestions. Other times, we solve each other’s problems. It’s amazing how easy it is for me to solve her plotting problems, when I’m unable to solve my own. Luckily for me, she provides me with the same assistance.
I've been told that it's important for published authors to have published critique partners. I see the benefit to that. But I think it would be a mistake to automatically discount any unpublished writer, because by doing so, you might be missing out on great talent. Publishing is sometimes a hit or miss business, and there are lots of talented, unpublished writers out there. My friend is one of them.
I never fail to leave my meetings with her inspired. I can't wait to meet with her again. In the meantime, I'm off to write!