The importance of writing friends and critique partners by Joanne Dannon

You often hear that writing is a lonely occupation and it brings to mind a solitary figure hunched over their keyboard typing away. However, thanks to the Internet, email and a gazillion other ways to keep in touch, writers can create and have a support network around them.

For me, when I started out, having writing friends was brilliant. You can’t dismiss the importance of having like minded people surrounding you. When you start writing, it can be overwhelming and daunting. Having a supportive friend can be beneficial especially when you start submitting your work to publishers. Only someone who writes can truly understand the apprehension of sending your three chapters in to the publisher’s slush pile. Only a writing friend can understand the disappointment of a rejection letter, and a writing friend will be joining and cheering you on in your successes all the way to publication and beyond. 

Thanks to email, you can send chapters to a writing partner for them to read and critique your work. This is the only way to improve, by receiving constructive feedback on your writing. Writing friends understand the process of writing, and can guide you when you’re stuck or need a hand with a scene.

In my early years of writing, I’m thankful to my crit partners who were only a phone call away when I got stuck and needed some advice. 

There are plenty of writing groups around but you need to find your “tribe”. I personally prefer to work with writers who write in the same genre as I do. It makes it easier when critiquing and bouncing ideas off each other. Now, I predominately work with my editor on my manuscripts, however, I still have writing friends and we work together on projects as well as cheering each other on.

It can take time to find writing friends. You need to “click” with them, so that you feel confident with them when sharing your work. Also, “life” can get in the way and sometimes writers stop writing for a period of time, before re-starting again. And, also, you may have different needs from your writing friends. Perhaps, you want to treat your writing as a business but she wants it to be a hobby?

That’s why it can take time in finding the right person to work with. Over the years, I’ve worked with some writers who I no longer work with, but I’m still in contact with them. 

Just like a good editor is worth their weight in gold, so is a good writing friend.

Forever MineIt’s never a good idea to fall for your best friend’s brother… or so they say.

Hannah Greene is fed up. A romantic at heart, she’s had a major crush on her best friend’s brother for years but he’s never noticed her. To shape a life for herself away from Zac, she must move on.

Zac Warne, smooth-talking sales guy who takes responsibility to a whole new level, loves the thrill of the chase but is not interested in settling down, ever. It’s not that he doesn’t believe in love, it’s just not for him.

But circumstances have Hannah and Zac spending one weekend together and a night of fun leads to more than just emotional consequences for them.

Compelled to right wrongs and beholden to fix problems, Zac has to convince Hannah his about-turn about wanting a relationship with her is not just one of convenience. Can Hannah now trust this smooth-talking playboy who has a reputation for breaking hearts, including her own?

*Forever Mine is the 4th book in the Alex Jackson series and can be read as a standalone book.

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Author PicJoanne Dannon, an Australian author, writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savor–indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever- after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel. 

Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family. She can be found on Facebook and her website chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.

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