Writing buddy

Sometimes I have a lot to do. And all the things I’ve got going may make it hard for me to find the time to write. And sometimes, when I actually make the time, it’s a bit tough to get into the mindset to be productive instead of just doodling on my notebook.

There are some options: turning my cell phone off, listening to music that sets the story’s mood, or just repeating in my head over and over and over that I have to pick up the pen and get started already…

Once I’m writing, it’s easy enough for me to get carried away, but it may take me a minute or so (or a whole lot more) to actually get started.

Another option? Find a writing buddy. Someone who wants or needs to write, and whose company can lead to everyone writing and enjoying themselves.

I find this situation great because, after you get to hang out with a friend and catch up or talk about what you’re working on, there’s a bit of pressure once you start. Or at least, that’s how I feel, because I can’t get distracted, if that makes any sense. If my writing buddy is on their phone or doing something other than writing, then I might (probably will) do the same (or find something else to do instead of write).

And there’s one particular aspect I love about having a writing buddy: the possibility of asking questions Google can’t answer (such as thoughts on a plot device or whether a narrative technique makes sense), or bouncing around a quick idea (maybe do some brainstorming, too).

While writing is an individual activity for me, there’s something comforting and reassuring about finding someone with whom I can share the experience.

When I was writing papers or my thesis, or when I’m writing a story, I like the company, especially when we have some coffee or lemonade, enjoy a tasty treat, talk about anything and everything for a short while, and then get into writing-mode.

What about you? Have you ever had a writing buddy? Did it work for you?

Moira Daly

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