If you had asked me “Why do you need writer friends?” five years ago, I would have looked at you funny. I didn’t actually know any fiction writers, and therefore couldn’t even begin to tell you what I was missing. All that changed a year and a half ago when I met my current writer friends, and subsequently, after having produced a shadow of an online presence, I have gotten to know some other amazing people in the meantime. Now I can’t imagine not having writer friends.
So what are the reasons for befriending other writers?
1.) They’ll challenge you to improve.
Nothing’s better than friendly competition. Why, just the other day, Chris challenged me to a flash fiction write-off (winner undecided). I’m not very good about finishing my work, but I did it, simply because I couldn’t bear the idea of letting him win.
Besides, if their work is good, they’ll inspire you to work harder. At least, I know mine inspire me.
2.) Good drinking buddies.
As I’m writing this now, with drink in hand, talking to my writer friends via Skype, I can assure you that this was not a biased thought at all.
3.) They know what you’re going through.
I can’t talk to my “normal” friends about the voices in my head. Well, I can, but they give me funny looks. Writer friends know that writing is not always fun, not always easy. They know how much of your own blood you had to spill to write your latest draft. They know the way inspiration is fickle and the way words sometimes leave you feeling exhausted. It’s good to have someone who understands.
4.) Diversity is a good thing.
Not only do my writer friends write in different genres, they have different strengths, weaknesses, and styles of craft. There’s always something new for me to learn.
I don’t know about you guys, but my writer friends are always after me to keep writing. I can’t even begin to count how many times Robyn has threatened to glue me to my chair if I don’t buckle down and get words on the page. Good writer friends will kick your ass when you’re slacking.
6.) Weird inspirational conversations.
Spend one day in The Sarcastic Muse channel and you’ll find a range of topics—from Amanda’s suspicious jars to Jen’s not-so-secret men stashed away in the closet. It’s nice to know I’m not the only crazy one.
In conclusion, if you don’t have writer friends, you should
kidnap find some as soon as possible. It’ll be the best decision you ever made.