What is the value of friendship in a writer's world? Writing is almost always a solitary activity. We spend hours researching, crafting characters, and following our muses down fantastic pathways of imagination. Easily over a decade ago, I met Kari Thomas who would become my best friend and is today one of the best romance authors that I know. What's the longest friendship you've ever maintained?
I admit that I've always been shy, which didn't lend to connecting with others well and that included writers. I'm certain other writers have felt just as shy and tongue-tied. Amazingly, get a writer to tell you about a book they're working on, and their whole demeanor opens up and shines. We want those connections, especially with people who have similar interests.
Being published has afforded me the opportunity to relate to other writers as we share news on reviews, WIPS (works in progress) and new releases. A lot of my writer connections come from my Breathless Press peeps who are a wonderful and supportive group of authors. These bonds, first forged by meeting my best friend, are a true blessing and have widened my social circle.
People who want to write stories should never give up that dream. Remember that there is a whole community of people out there in this world who are just waiting to meet you. Thanks to friends, I continue to go forth in this chosen vocation, confident of my path. That is one reason why writer's love to hear from readers, because we ourselves are readers. It's about bonds forged by stories, created by those with a gift for the written word.
Give a shout-out to a friend today, and say how long you've known each other!
Mary loves to hear from readers and writers, follow her on twitter as that's her favorite way to chat: http://twitter.com/MaryCorrales_A1 or check out her website www.authormaryc.com.