People have an idea (perhaps born of Hollywood movies?) that the key to a writer’s success is writing a great book. From there, life takes off.
While that’s a building block, I don’t think a writer’s network gets enough credit. Critique groups help us hone our writer’s voice and story. They help us learn how to take feedback and to parse which feedback works and which doesn’t.
But there’s also the writer’s social network – our friends and family who jump in to support and lift us up. Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to be a Writer in Residence for four international schools in Hanoi, Vietnam. This opportunity wouldn’t have been possible if not for family members who stepped in to help with the at-home duties.
So, today, I’d just like to give a shout out to our critique partners, family, friends, and all the people who help us to foster and grow our creative selves. Thank you!