|FIVE FRIENDS NO SUCCESSFUL WRITER SHOULD LIVE WITHOUT...|
As solitary professionals, writers don't often have the luxury of cultivating (and maintaining) workplace friendships like those in the corporate arena.
Other than the mailman, and the folks we meet and greet at the local coffee shop, which sometimes serves as our "office", we're on our own.
There are no "water cooler" conversations, juicy office gossip, or gripes with a bad boss that binds us. Of course, we do have social media that allows us to connect and share "Tweets" with our "peeps"; but it's not quite the same.
You, "my friend", need to have friends beyond the virtual world. You need to have a support system of solid people of whom you can rely. And no, your pet doesn't count. :-)
As such, here are five folks that I believe that every serious writer should add to their V.I.P. list, for a more enriching experience, and more successful career.
See if you agree.
1. THE TECH GUY
Of all my professional challenges, I am most stumped by technology. Hacks, attacks, and things that go whack! Oh my! Lucky for me that I was blessed to meet a guy some years ago that has provided some serious on-site assistance-- with software installation, virus attacks, and general maintenance. He's a true life saver. Which brings to mind, a while back ago, when my laptop went out on me in the middle of a very important (and lucrative) client's project and he provided a "loaner" at the last minute. Thanks, Emmanuel!
2. THE LOCAL LIBRARIAN
My friend Deb is bright, helpful, and resourceful. If I need reliable statistics for a proposal I'm pitching, she'll either provide the research, or steer me in the right direction. She recommends good reads, and is always well informed about things going on in the literary community.
3. THE CONSUMMATE "CHEERLEADER"
You've gotten a rejection letter from an editor that really cut you to the core. Or you're working hard, but seem to be going nowhere. Or a client pink-slips you. Who do you call? Well, for me, it's typically my friend, "Red". As a creative artist too, she sometimes knows my pain and understands my struggles. She reminds me of all I've accomplished. She also has a good sense of humor, which allows me to "lighten up" when needed.
4. THE "DO I LOOK FAT IN THESE JEANS?" FRIEND
When you can't really be objective about your work, and need someone to provide a reality check, this individual helps you keep your head on straight, and keep your wits about you. Accepting the "honors" for this award is my mom.
5. THE CREDENTIALED EXPERT
Every writer knows that a good quote provides extra "oomph" and greater credibility to feature pieces and interviews. The problem? Many times credentialed go-to gurus are busy with their own projects, or you may feel intimidated to reach out to them. I'm so fortunate to have noted authors like Noelle Sterne, Wendy Burt, and William July, (and more folks than I can mention here) to go to. I greatly appreciate their time, wisdom and expertise.
Well, that concludes our time together today, my "peeps". :-)
Jen will be on break officially March 1st, but will be checking in periodically; so do keep in touch!
B/T/W Thanks so much readers, for being a "friend" of Pen and Prosper.
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Thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? Who's in your "fave five"?