A Writing Buddy

A few weeks ago, Mari Wells put out a call for a writing buddy on her blog. I’ve always enjoyed her blog, and the deep research he she does into paranormal creatures and themes. This is real dedication that can serve a writer well. She asked for someone to bounce ideas off of, plot issues, character traits, that sort of thing. She wanted someone she could trust to keep things confidential, and asked for someone with a fifth grade sense of humor.

I thought, Hey, I have a fifth grade sense of humor, and dropped her a line.

We’re still getting acquainted at this point. I haven’t asked her to pull my finger or anything – yet. (Or was that a fourth grade sense of humor.)

I was surprised to learn she’s somewhere in Idaho. I know people from all over the world, and didn’t expect that. We’ve never met and may never meet. (Idaho is a big place.)

We exchanged projects and she sent me a short story. It was an awesome piece about one of her characters when she was young. It was really intriguing and she submitted it to an Anthology. I’ll let her tell you more about it over at her blog.

I may have taken advantage, because I sent her the entire manuscript for Will ‘O the Wisp. She stayed up all night and read it straight through. She had some complimentary things to say about it, and I’m pretty excited to share it with the world. She also suggested a few changes that I think are spot on.

I think I’m in her debt now. There is a difference between a short story and a novel. I look forward to her next request. This is kind of fun.

Mari just spent a month blogging about vampires, and there are some really unusual legends I’ve never heard of. One of her posts gave me some really good ideas. I may never write a vampire story, but if I do I know what I’m going to write about.

Mari is a creative lady. I’d appreciate it if my followers would go check out her homes on the web. Leave a comment and consider giving her a follow.

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27 responses to “A Writing Buddy

  1. She sounds like a great blogger, will check her out now 🙂

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  2. The idea of a writing buddy is so great! I’m writing buddies with a friend from uni and it’s so useful, isn’t it? It’s a delicate line to walk, someone who can be honest with you in a nice way. Writers may have to get used to criticism but when it can be nicely put, why not?

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  3. Writing buddies and beta readers can’t be beat! Happy for you both!

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  4. What a great shout-out for Mari. I’ll check out her links. I also think it’s extremely beneficial to work with a writing buddy. I have two critique partners, and we exchange chapters of our WIPs each Sunday, providing feedback for each other. We’re about two years in now, so we’ve really developed a rapport. We point out what doesn’t work but we also boost each other up with the positive.

    Prior to that, I had a single critique partner who I worked with for twelve years. Sadly, she passed away three years ago. I thought I’d never find anyone who “meshed” with me after that. I’m so glad I found my current writing buddies. Sounds like you’re on the way to developing a great rapport too!

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    • Thanks for stopping by. I’m sure Mari would appreciate a visit. It’s a new relationship, but I’m pretty jazzed about it. This gives me options I don’t get from critique group.

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    • I’m sorry to hear about your previous partner, and glad you have two critique partners now. I hope Craig and I develop a great writing relationship like yours. Thanks for sharing. 😀

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  5. she sounds cool! I’m in idaho too and always smile when you write about your location.

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  6. Thank you, Craig. This was an awesome post about me. Thanks to all the followers who commented. 😀

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  7. Consider her followed! 🙂

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  8. Michelle Mueller

    Congrats on your writing buddy! They can make all the difference in our work!

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