I’ve shared before about how I wanted to quit while writing my book. It’s a common feeling. If you read that post, you may remember that one of the things pushing me towards the finish line was the fact that I had a co-author to think about. A writing buddy.
It’s early in a new year. Most of us are considering goals and plans for 2013. Is this the year you’re going to write a book? There’s really never been a better time. If you have a book in the works, I encourage you to find a writing buddy. You don’t have to write a book together. It can be someone who is writing a book of their own. The point is to find a friend who is working on a big writing project, so that you can come alongside each other and walk through the process together.
It’s easier to take on a big project when you have someone to encourage you along the way, someone to hold you accountable, and someone to give you constructive feedback when you need it. We all need a fresh set of eyes every now and then.
I encourage you to make finding a writing buddy one of your goals for this year. Then work out a system of support and accountability that works for both of you. That might mean a weekly phone call or emails or Skype chats. If you live in the same town, you could meet for coffee and discuss your progress. Writing is by nature a solitary task, but there is strength in community and in the support of others.