As a writer do you try to hog the whole show? Are you unwilling to cross-post with another author? Are you unwilling to interview someone and place it on your website, unwilling to read another person’s book and review it or unwilling to give anyone else space on your page giving them the spotlight instead of you?
If you haven’t figure out by now writing is a solitary job. The only time it is a team effort as far as actually writing it is when you are collaborating with another writer to write a book together. Helping another writer out doesn’t diminish what you write or take away your spot as an author. By sharing with each other we learn plus who knows we may get more hits or more noticed by helping another writer out.
From the authors I know online I been blessed that it is a co-op situation with us helping each other. Sadly the people I know in real life are too busy pushing themselves out there that a/ it’s all about them and b/ even when they talk to you it is all about them with rarely a mention in asking how I am doing. True, some do ask but they are the exception.
I use to think this way not willing to give up space, thought or time. But that doesn’t get anyone much anywhere. And while this space on the web hasn’t shown it in a bit I use to do just that with the interviews, the cross-post and the reblog. I need to get back to doing that.
Who is in your writing tribe? Do you hang out with other writers? Do you talk shop, critique each others works or have a writing pow wow? Many of us have the support of family and friends Some sadly do not. Regardless of where you fall a tribe should be in place.
Trying to write a book by ourselves with no outside help is hard and even harder for your book if the only time anyone sees it is when the book is released.
We need a tribe for a few reasons such as:
critique: This is a good way for other writers to go over our chapters through their eyes to help find errors that we don’t see no matter how often we read our WIP. They help find loopholes, tell us what works or don’t work and a host of other things. We need critiques to help improve our manuscript and get it in the best possible shape.
editing: To some extend a tribe can help with our editing but don’t lean on them for them to do 100% of it. That is what an editor is for. Make sure you find a good editor. If you are fortunate to have one include them in your arsenal aka your tribe.
writing: Writing alone is not always fun. Hanging out with fellow writers to just write is very motivating. Especially when we toss out, “Does this make sense?” or “What word fits here?” or “Is this plausible?” or a host of other things that can come up. Heck my tribe has been naming my books since the beginning.
hanging out: Just hanging out with like-minded people does a whirl of good. It gets us out of the house and we don’t have to annoy friend and family as much when it comes to our writing.
These are just a few of the reasons to have a writing tribe. If yo don’t have one already think about forming one.
A few months back I wrote my first death scene. Before I go any further this book is for YA and up. People know me for my Jasper series which is a children’s series. But I do write in YA and adult as well just the Jasper series was the first ones out.
When I wrote this scene, the death one, it just flowed. I am not sure if I read to many mystery and action books or just watch too much TV but it didn’t take me long to write close to 1000 words on this. It did scare me when I giggled upon finishing. Either that was due to me actually writing it, how it seemed effortless or perhaps that it made me nervous how much fun I had doing it. As someone who has written children’s book it was an odd experience. But what was fun was when I told other authors about this experience and how they laughed with me at my glee. #Writersgetme
I lost nine characters during the fight. I guess I was making up for lost time. I have yet to develop the scene fully and unsure where it will show up in this WIP but I’m hoping it progresses the storyline to the reader.
If it is this much fun doing this kind of writing Jasper volume 4 and 5 may be written much later so I can explore this one more fully.