Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Writing is a solitary endeavor. No matter how much I network, ultimately, it’s me and my computer. And if I want to get anything done, I need to sit in solitude and write. So it’s tough to get over letdowns, because I start to think I’m the only one who could possibly be going through whatever it is I’m going through.

That’s why having some good writing friends is essential. They know exactly how I feel when I get a bad review—and whether or not that bad review means anything. They understand writing block because they get it also—and they know when to sympathize or offer concrete ways of blasting through it. They know the struggles I face marketing—and they can help me evaluate exactly what I’m doing and how to make something more successful.

And they also get that hearing voices in your head is not necessarily a crazy thing. J

So this is a thank you to all of my writing friends—actual or virtual, old or new. Whether it’s a kind email, a funny meme, a breakfast (J) or an online pat on the back—you all make a huge difference.


  1. When my first novels were published (back in the Dark Ages!) I didn't know any other writers - so I'm doubly glad for all my writer friends today :-)

  2. I quit my day job in a school library last
    June, and I was worried about the isolation and loneliness. I'd worked with a great bunch of people for a lot of years! And, I'm not going to lie, it can get a little lonely, but I am getting to know an amazing group of writers online--virtual co-workers! So, thanks to you too, Jennifer!

  3. Having friends makes this writer's journey a lot less lonesome.