The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What Writing Friends Really Do For Each Other

        I was working on a pitch for my just-a-couple-of-thousand-more-words-and-it'll-be-finished manuscript. 
        Last night a writing friend Kathy Cureton (the artist formerly known as Val) gave me some feedback. It's now a little better than it was before. 
         Today I'm going to a writing critique meeting where several people are perfecting their pitch. I'll get to pitch to the group as well--before the big game on Saturday (a writing conference). Hopefully I won't be booed out of the room or sent back to the dugout in shame.
          On most Wednesdays it's WWWP night, where we critique each other's writing.
          On Saturday I'm riding with Kathy Cureton and The Pony to the conference.
           Sometimes my blogging friends give me encouragement. Or a swift kick in the tookus (when I need it).





         Writing is so much better when you're surrounded by friends...

         What have you done for a friend (or a writing friend) lately?

10 comments:

  1. No problem, buddy. A Val needs SOMETHING to keep her mind off writing her own pitch! Wait a minute...I see what you did there. That's even more clever than suggesting that your fellow pitchers loosen up their tongues with a shot of liquid courage!

    Looking forward to our journey Saturday. You might look into double-seatbelting yourself, with The Pony behind the wheel, and you behind The Pony.

    I have been the recipient of much more help than I have given out. Eventually, I hope to make that right with Even Steven.

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    1. I am sure you've already evened up Steven...

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  2. You really made me think about this. I did write a book review on Amazon for a friend, and I interview writing friends on my blog, but I have been getting a lot of bits and pieces of advice from them lately that I think I'll turn into a blog post. Thank you for the wonderful idea! (And it's also a good life philosophy - what have I done for someone lately?) Thank you!

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    1. Mary-You are quite welcome. If I gave you an idea, it is a small repayment for all the advice and tidbits you've given me over the years.

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  3. I think we should all ask ourselves that question and see how we can improve. Have a great time at the conference, and take notes!

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    1. Linda--Thanks, and I will take lots of notes.

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  4. Good luck, Sioux! Remember that agents WANT to love your book, so just be yourself. And you don't have to memorize your pitch. You can read it to them if you want. They don't mind. :) The last thing I did for a writer friend was yesterday. I shared something for her on Facebook, and for another friend I wrote a review on Amazon. We all must help each other---we belong to a wonderful tribe!

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    1. Lisa--A review for a writer friend is always a kind gesture... especially if it's a positive review.

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  5. Wishing you all the best with your pitch Sioux! And, thank you for being a writer friend that I could not only count on, but one who kept persisting with the belief in me and my writing, whether just posts on a blog, or otherwise. Thank you so much!

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    1. Rohin--Thanks for the good wishes. Like Lisa (in the above comment) said, "We belong to a wonderful tribe." We have to support and encourage each other.

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