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The Magic of Writing Friends
I’ve been trying to establish a writing career for a long time. Such a long time that I wrote inthe days before word processors – and in the days before the Internet. And I wrote when there
were no writing groups geographically close enough to join.
It was a very lonely and scary place to be.
In those dark days of being alone with my writing, my sales successes were limited: Ahandful of short stories. An article and filler or two. Obviously, each hit was to be celebrated,
but they were very few and far between. Besides, even when I did make a rare sale, who was
there to tell? My family and non-writing friends didn’t understand.
Then I found the online writing community. And I did nothing but read writing blogs andonline forums for weeks. It seemed Christmas had arrived with the discovery of the like-
minded members of these groups.
My first tentative steps into blogging were ignored. But, gradually, I gained the confidenceto comment on others’ blog posts – and those comments were returned. Friendships were
formed. Eventually, these friendships developed into invitations to join private groups.
And my hit rate exploded.
Yes, I do think my writing has improved in that time – but that can be attributed to myfriendships with other writers, too. Because these friendships – some involving critiquing and
being critiqued – have increased my confidence in my abilities. And increased confidence can
only result in better writing.
I’m no longer in that scary, lonely, place. Now I have people I can tell when I make a sale.People who are pleased for me – and who share their own successes, too.
The writing community – real or virtual – is a great thing to be a part of.
Above all, the generosity of writing friends is endless. They’ll spend time reading my workand tell me straight if the story isn’t working. They’ll help me to find solutions to problems
that I might not see a way out of. They’ll talk about my characters as though they’re real
people. They cheer me on when I’m feeling down and talk me out of it when I’m ready to
give it all up. And, they’ll share contact details, submission guidelines – and shout if they
notice something they think might benefit my career.
Most of all, they cheer loudest of all when I place a piece of writing. At last, someone to tellwho actually cares.
Even if I haven’t met most of them in real life, these are real friends. People I turn to firstwhen thing go wrong – in my writing or in my real life.
And they’ve made a world of difference.
Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog today. And for the opportunity to write
this post – because it’s made me realise just how lucky I am.
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Blurb - Hidden Heartache:
Dr Emma Bradshaw’s life is disrupted when Nick Rudd arrives back in town to take up a post at the GP practice where Emma works. The bad boy attitude is still very much in evidence, but Nick is a doctor now – against the odds – and Emma’s forced to work closely with him. Not so easy to ignore the love of your life when you have to see him on a daily basis. And Nick’s getting perilously close to breaking down the barriers Emma’s built to protect herself from the tragedy in her past.
Nick thought, as a doctor, it would be easy to command respect from the residents of his hometown – and most are pleased to see how well he’s done. But, the one person he wants to impress remains unmoved. Emma is keeping her distance. And she’s changed – the fun loving girl he knew has gone. She’s hiding something big, he’s sure, but she’s not telling. He can’t blame her – he knows he let her down badly in the past. But now he’ll do anything to rekindle the trust and love she once showed him.