No, not savings bonds or Barry Bonds, but the kind of bonds you make with people in the trenches, as a writer.

Bonds. Now the word looks funny. Ahem.

Some writers find it difficult to forge relationships with other writers. A lot of writers tend toward the reclusive side. If this is you, I recommend you use the tool in front of you to break out of that.

Bonds can be formed online now, you know.

The best relationships are obviously the ones where you see and talk to the person and they are within 2 feet of you, and no, not on your computer screen. However, if you’ve been on message boards or chat rooms or blogs and found a kindred spirit, take advantage. Writer colleagues are good for motivation, support and assistance.

This is a love letter of sorts to my best writer friends.

I can’t thank you all enough for your insightful notes, your suggestions (yes, I love notes and suggestions, I know some writers don’t want someone telling them how to fix their problems, but I like solutions, even if it isn’t the right one. Sometimes it leads to the right one). Hopefully I am just as helpful as you are to me.

To my L.A. writer friends, I appreciate being able to meet with you, blow off steam, laugh and cry and share our work so that we may become stronger writers. To my non-L.A. writer friends, I appreicate you too. We may not be able to meet in person all the time, if ever, but you have diverse viewpoints which are appreciated. Sometimes it helps to hear from those of you outside of the Hollywood bubble to see if my idea ‘plays’ to a larger audience. That is invaluable insight.

Forging bonds is important in life. While you may feel writing is a solitary occupation, I can’t stress enough the importance of fellow aspirants to keep you motivated.

Go make some friends.

Posted under writing

This post was written by Shawna on January 19, 2007


4 Comments so far

  1. Brett January 20, 2007 9:31 pm


    Step away from the bong before you start singing Kum-Ba-Yah and I have to throw a shoe at you or something.
    contrary B

  2. Neal Romanek January 22, 2007 1:27 pm

    Nice post. And keep up the good work.

  3. Patrick J. Rodio January 22, 2007 10:38 pm

    If I get back out to Calif, or you happen to be at a fest or something that I’m at (like an Austin) we’ll have to buy each other a drink. Or 2. Or 3 even.

    Good post.

  4. Anonymous January 23, 2007 4:36 pm

    Hey Sweetie,

    Would love to see some of your writing. I am a fellow writer, ya know!

    Send something over. Hope you’re doing well.

    Ken (Studio Backlot Tour)

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