It’s December and this time of year we celebrate Christmas, Yule and other holidays that remind us of being grateful for others in our lives. As writers, we practice our craft mostly in solitude. But our support systems, those other authors, readers, friends who support us make this worthwhile.
Back in July, I did an interview at RWA Nationals with Treva Harte, Diane Whiteside and Kate Douglas, three talented writers and great human beings. But all three of them appeared thick as thieves, which was hilarious to watch. Especially cause Treva’s short and cute LOL!
But I wonder, who are your supporters? I have Stephanie Burke, Cyn Tregarth and Nikita Gordyn, who while is not an actual writer, is just about the best person to bounce ideas off in my world. I also have Morgan Hawke, who talks to me, mentors me through the pain of writing and in general pushes me.
These people, our support system as writers are integral. Without them, we’d still probably write, but what would become of us when we freak the fuck out? Do any of you remember when I posted on my Radio Dentata blog about how I freaked out over a story I had written that didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to? Nik was there, so was Stephanie Burke. Both of them understood what my beta readers could not. You did read that blog didn’t you? *Glares*
I created something I wasn’t happy with and didn’t know how to fix it.
Only someone who knows your pain and understands it from the same viewpoint can be of serious use to you. This isn’t to suggest that others can’t help. My significant other tries her best, but damnit she’s just not capable of getting my made up anguish to the fullest extent like another writer is. In turn, I can’t understand her pastry secrets so we’re about on par.
My other writer friends who are my support system don’t berate me about my habits. In fact, one of them justifies my drinking LOL!
My other writer friends understand that I’m on deadline for the publisher of this blog haha! Ting is though, my other writer friends also understand the commitment I’ve made to this craft because I respect it as well as they do.
I guess since this has pretty much seemed like a giant thank you to them, I’ll just say it. Thank you to my support group of authors who push me, appear in most if not every dedication, etc. Make sure you thank your support system.