Writing Friendships Are an Essential Part of a Writer’s Life.

At the end of last year, I decided to try something different. I have been involved in many group articles, such as the 40 things I love and 40 things I hate.

You know the type I suppose the more mature writer, would call them chain letters. I have had great fun with all of them.

So at the end of 2019, I started an article detailing the five fantasy guests you will have at your New Year party. I thought five was a nice number an exclusive group of six considering you. Also, a small number to get the cogs turning and start the debate.

It is a discussion, I have had with many friends. It was nice to start these conversations with the writing community.

Writing should be about community.

Writing is a lonely business and friendships are essential in all aspects of life.

When you start these articles, you have the advantage of learning a little more about a person. From these common threads, a writing relationship can turn into friendship. I also discovered new writers to follow, as the links spread out. Those I tagged, tagged other writers which introduced them to me.

You don’t need to start a round of articles like I did, but you need to give more than you take from your readers. Ensure if people leave a comment, you reply. If someone takes the time to read and clap on your work, repay the favour. Log onto their profile and check out their work.

Do this because it is the right thing to do. Do it so you can discover some more talent and enjoy a wider range of articles. Don’t do it so they follow you back.

I resolved this year to do more to help other writers because I want to, not for what I receive in return. As writers, we need to adopt a positive mindset and support those around us. The good karma will follow.


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