Thursday, April 9, 2015
A to Z Challenge: Help
This is probably one of the more important things that writers should know about writing. We all need help at some point.
This can possibly taking the form of getting your spouse to do the dishes so you can steal some writing time. Other times, it's when you're stuck writing and the only person who can help will be another writer.
When I started out, (long before I started blogging) I was lucky enough to have a published writer in the house. However, I started moving over to the spec fic dark side and my Gran just isn't all that interested in it (she writes poetry and romance.) Also, she publishes exclusively in South Africa and I focused more on foreign markets, so it just meant that... well... I needed a lot of help from foreign writers.
Sometimes, that makes for... interesting... dinner conversation.
Back to the point (I'm afraid I'm REALLY good at digressing.)
Sometimes, you might simply need to have someone who knows read your story and tell you it doesn't suck. And if it does suck, to tell you what's wrong.
Sometimes, you will be so tired of looking at your own story while editing it that you can't see your own mistakes anymore. Or you'll need someone to read your query. Or to say "There there" when you got your hundredth rejection (trust me. Non-writers don't EVER get it).
No writer is an island. At some point, we all need some advice or a helping hand. So get yourself involved in the writing community.
Just remember: Be the friend you need.
You want to be helped down the line? MAKE SURE YOU HELP OTHER WRITERS RIGHT NOW.
What do you usually need help with?