Writing can be a very isolating experience because most writers choose to write in solitude away from family and friends.
Since writing really doesn’t require the help of others, we often find ourselves holed up in our office, sifting through our imagination, channeling the characters we’ve created in our minds.
In previous posts, I’ve discussed having a group of people with whom you network to further yourself as a writer.
However, who within your immediate circle of friends and family do you choose as your support system?
For encouragement, I go to my mom. With her being a writer, no explanation is needed, she gets it!
She’s been my number one cheerleader since I began writing as a little girl. So whenever I’m having an issue with progressing my story, mom is right there either cheering me on or helping me to find humor in it all.
The simple fact that she understands the writing process, makes her the perfect person to seek support from.
When I need help with a word, mom is there pulling out the dictionary or thesaurus. When I need a different point of view, she offers it. And when I need to talk writing with someone who gets it, she’s there to discuss the overuse of certain words, reading and then rereading our manuscripts, and not finding it exactly easy to release our manuscripts to the world.
My sister is not a writer but she’s who I bounce ideas off of. Most times, I don’t even share with her that our random conversations are based around my novel because I want her to have some element of surprise when she reads it. However, quite often I use things we discuss in conversations as fodder for my book.
And then there are the supporters who email me frequently asking when my next book is coming. Their support lets me know I have a receptive audience who is awaiting the follow up to my novel The Buzz. Their encouraging words give me a subtle push to keep writing.
There are many more people I look to for support but these are my main supporters. Who’s in your support system? Please share in the comment section below.