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Writer Friends Rock!

by Stephanie Casher on June 16, 2006

This past week I met my new writer friend Liz Devitt for dinner and drinks. Liz and I met at the Prepare to Pitch! Conference last May, but life has been so hectic for both of us, this was our first chance to hang out since then. Anyway, I just have to say, I LOVE WRITER FRIENDS! We had so much fun! It’s so nice to be able to hang with someone and talk about your book, talk about your struggles with trying to get published (not like Liz and I are struggling, both of us are pretty flippin’ golden right now, lol), and keep each other motivated… We’ve also transitioned into becoming critique partners, which is Awesome. Having someone give feedback on my work is great, but returning the favor is also rewarding, as it sharpens my editing skills, and also gives me ideas on how to improve my own writing. Win-win, and we all know how much I love the win-win!

Liz is also hella cool on a personal level (so much in common AND she’s a Capricorn, which means she Rocks by default LOL). I know there will be many more dates in the future for us to pump each other up and commiserate. Good friends are hard to find, and it’s nice have found someone who I believe could end up being a pretty good friend. Also, from what I’ve read so far, she wrote an AWESOME book. I can’t wait to toast at her book release party ;-)

I’m so blessed that my BEST friend, Megan, is also a writer. But as I network and start to circulate, I am indeed starting to make more and more writer friends, and build my own personal author community… It started with Edwardo, then Liz, and recently I met Thomas Brooks on myspace who has been incredibly helpful by sending all kinds of useful information my way :-) I hope to add even more names to that list as I hit the conference circuit this summer. In this business, it’s all about who you know. I feel very fortunate to know some pretty cool people :-)

Book Update: Progress on WHEN LOVE ISN’T ENOUGH is going well. Just cruised past the 30,000 word mark (I’m trying to get to 80,000), and still trying to write every day. This book has taken on a life of its own, taking me in directions story-wise that I never imagined… But more on that later :-)

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