Without Writing Buddies, I would NOT be where I am now.
I believe they have nurtured my Writing Success so far. They’ve helped me grow as a Writer, encouraging me to work harder, to raise the Writing Bar. I thank each of them.
The best Writing Buddies are the “Picky Bitches” who analyse my story with their sharp minds and eyes, teasing out what needs to improve.
Writing Buddies SPOT mistakes that I CAN’T SEE
And OFFER their suggestions!
… If you are serious about Writing, you must have a Writing Buddy … or several.
When I can’t do anymore with my writing, I present my story to them for Critiquing. They explain what works and what DOESN’T and offer suggestions for improvement. I in turn do the same with their Writing … It’s a two-way street.
But if you NEED a Writing Buddy to provide you more detailed advice on Story Structure, you should consult with a MENTOR who could give you one-on-one professional feedback on developing your manuscript.
Kim Wilkins from QWC recommends Fantasy author Louise Cusack http://www.louisecusack.com
I met my Writing Buddies at the Short Story Development Series and Year of the Edit Courses, both held at Queensland Writers Centre in Brisbane. And at my local Crime Writers Club, I discovered more wonderful writers to share and swap critiques and writing ideas.
Today I did a swap with Debbie Kahl, a young Brisbane YA writer.
I’m reading her YA novel, Bitter Besties and she’s reading the first 40K of my crime, Sayonara. We’re offering our writing and critique to each other in trust.
Thank you to all my Writing Buddies, past and present.
I would love to give you all a Cyber ((((HUG)))).