Some of the questions I am asked most frequently are, “How can I find a writing buddy? Where did you find your own critique partners? Help! I need beta readers!”
And, yes, as you may have noticed, that last isn’t a question so much as a desperate plea for help. I noticed too!
Need a Writing Buddy? You’re Not Alone!
Writing is a solitary life, which means it’s especially nice to send out a ping and hear a friendly echo in return. It reminds us we’re really all in this crazy adventure together.
Even more specifically, writers need the help of one another. None of us is able to edit our own work with complete objectivity. To take things to the next level, we need the critique and encouragement of other writers—people who know what they’re doing and who are as passionate about the same type of stories as we are.
And yet, it can be strangely difficult to actually connect with all of these similarly “single and looking” fellow writers out there.
That’s why I’m super excited about today’s post!
Find Your New Writing Buddy Right Here!
Quite a few years ago, YA author Lisa Marie messaged me on Facebook with an awesome idea:
I … was wondering if you ever considered offering a writing buddy link-up. It’s so hard to find a writing buddy that you really click with…. I don’t know other writers and would love to connect with others. And you have such a great community. Sometimes I’ve seen pages where they’ll offer buddies to each other, the people who want to connect link their names.
I first ran this post back then, to an enthusiastic response. Today, I want to share it again (and if you all like it, I may make it a more regular feature). If you’re interested in exchanging critiques with other writers, you’re in the right place.
What Do You Have to Do?
Just leave a comment! Tell us:
- Your genre
- A short summary of your current story
- Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
- What you’re looking for in a writing buddy
- Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid risk of spam: kmweiland [at] kmweiland [dot] com)
Be sure to subscribe to the comments, so you can read additional entries as they come in. If you see someone you think would be a great match for you, drop them a line!
The writing life works best when we’re able to reach out and offer a helping hand to one another. Jump in, meet someone new, and start taking your writing to the next level!
Wordplayers, tell me your opinion! What are you looking for in a writing buddy? Tell us in the comments!
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Author: K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland