Yesterday, I had one of the best writing days in a long time. Part of that is because of the motivation and cheerleading I receive from my writer buddies at #JulyWritingChallenge on Twitter. We’re a small group so far, each pledging to write 500 words or more every day in the month of July. All while encouraging and cheering each other on.
It’s all about accountability too. Kind of like having a running buddy, a friend to lean on for moral support or a sister who tells you to put the Twinkie down! Like the song goes, everybody needs somebody sometime.
Writers are an eclectic bunch; full of ideas, seeing beyond the immediate, seeking truth, telling our truth. All of us just trying to tell a story about the world as we see it. And with that can come a lot of frustration, many missteps and a whole lot of balled up papers strewn across the floor. Sometimes we need to take a breath or reach out to someone who understands what we’re going through. Another writer.
I have been very lucky to have met so many wonderful story-tellers in different genres and project stages in this crazy adventure called writing. Each bringing a certain knowledge, advice or shoulder to lean on. If you’re lucky enough to have a writer buddy, hold on to them, lean on them, talk, cry, laugh but most important, motivate. We all need it.
“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
To my writer buddies who have pulled me back from the edge and propelled me upward, I say Cheers and Happy Writing!
P.S. I want to give a special shout out to @kristyace for starting the #JulyWritingChallenge.