Monday, December 19, 2011

Do you have a Writing Buddy and do you need one?

Many people have no idea what a writing buddy is or if they need one.

What is a writing buddy?

My definition of a writing buddy may vary from others. To me a writing buddy should have certain traits, those being:

  • Have a personality that matches or compliments the writer
  • Be honest with the writer offering constructive criticism
  • Be honest with any critique
  • Be committed to contacting the writer on a schedule that is agreed upon.
  • Someone to keep the writer honest and working on their writing
  • Someone to motivate the writer
  • Someone to act as a reader

Writers should have a writing buddy keep them on track and writing, and to help them with their manuscript, blog posting, or anything related to writing.

It is hard to find the right person to be your buddy. It takes commitment to be a writing buddy, but finding the right one can make a huge difference for both the writer and the writing buddy in accomplishing a first class manuscript.

It is this freelance writer’s opinion that writing groups should have a page of contacts for writing buddies, perhaps even a mentor page for aspiring writers, newbie writers to help them with confidence, or questions about writing they may have.

If someone makes the conscious choice to become a writing buddy, they are making a commitment to the writer to be there to help, motivate, critique, and answer questions about the particular piece the writer is working on.

Do not take a writing buddy position lightly, it takes work, and commitment when you choose to become a writing buddy. Will it take time away from your own writing? Yes, but this writer is of the opinion that if may just make the buddy a better writer in the process.

The opinions expressed are those of freelance writer, Robert Medak.

Robert Medak

Writer, Blogger, Editor, Marketer, Poet, Proofreader, Researcher, and Reviewer.

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T. Forehand said...

Good information, I think a good writing buddy can be an asset.

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

I agree. Being a writing buddy will help you grow as a writer.

Karen Cioffi said...

Having a writing buddy is such a good idea. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one.

Elizabeth said...

Neat how you spell your name too. :)

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Anonymous said...

Great post. I don't have a writing buddy, but may need to add finding one to my list of things to do in 2012.

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