I know many writers join writers' groups for "networking," and that's an extremely important function of any writers' organization. But to me, these groups offer the added benefit of finding friends who understand when I pound my head against the wall over a character's waywardness. Try telling your next door neighbor or your spouse that you pushed the hero overboard today and he wouldn't stay down. I'm lucky I haven't been locked up by now.
Some of my best friends come from accidental meetings of these groups. If I'm remembering correctly, I met every one of my wordwench pals at Novelists Inc or RWA conferences. I have unpubbed pals in several chapters because I move so much. And now that I'm back in St. Louis, I have friends here I met decades ago when I lived down the road. It's a lot easier moving to a new city when you already know people.
Friends I've met through writing groups have helped me set up my website, do my promotions, helped me brainstorm, critiqued my proposals, and even loaned me their sons to set up Myspace pages. The list is quite infinite if I sat down and tried to pull one together.
So this is a public shout-out to all the people who have helped me survive for so many years, as well as a reminder for those of you who hope to join this insane profession. Hug a friend today!
Nature's Reset Button
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