Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Top Ten Reasons Writers Need Writer Friends

By Anne Rhoades

10. When you are working on another horror story, they never say, “When are you going to write a real book?”

9. They never say, “I've always wanted to write a book, too. Maybe next month I’ll have time.”

8. They talk you off the ledge when you receive another rejection and have decided you are wasting your life trying to be an author because they never let you give up, even when you want to.

7. They secretly hate Hemingway, too.

6. They never say things like, “I wish I had time to write.”

5. They don’t read your masterpiece, hand it back and tell you it was real cute and they loved it. Instead, they bleed all over it with a red pen to help you make it even better.

4. They never say things like, “Haven’t you been working on that book for like three years now? Why aren’t you published?”

3. They don’t think you’re too emotional. Or crazy or ??? They think you’re perfectly normal. Just. Like. Them.

2. You can call them at 3 a.m. because you scared yourself silly trying to write about a ghost and they are not asleep, either.

1. They never tell you to get a real job.

Do you have any other reasons?

Anne Rhoades is a freelance writer and copywriter by day and fiction author by night. She is currently collaborating with fellow author Patricia S. Cook on a collection of horror shorts. Check out her website/portfolio at or tweet @anne_rhoades.


Michelle Mach said...

Writer friends are the best! All your friends may be happy when you publish your book, but only your writer friends will understand the amount of work that it took to get there.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Also, they don't look at me like I'm nuts when I say, "My character decided she wanted to go to Denver instead of LA, so I changed the plot."

Dean K Miller said...

It's always more fun to share the wine, so who better than with writer friends!

Besides, who else can we say "That kind of sucks" and get away with it.

Sarah Sullivan said...

Thank you for calling out Hemingway! That guy just never did anything for me. Very good top 10 list!

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