Writers Need Writers

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by Ruth O’Neil

Behind every good writer is a group of writers. Yes, you read that correctly, writers, not necessarily readers, although we need them too. I have been a writer for more than 20 years. I have known a lot of wanna-be writers. We all know them. When people hear you are a writer, the response is often, “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” Or my personal favorite, “I wrote a book last month.” Yes, someone really said that to me. When he asked me to read and critique his “book,” I could tell he had written it in one short month.

Writing is hard work and not everyone can do it.

Not everyone can help you along on your writing journey. As writers, we all need someone who can read our work and not just tell us, “Oh, this is great!” That’s what mom’s are for. We need criticism. We need to be told how we can make things better. We need to know where we messed up and made mistakes. Without these qualities, we will never grow as writers. We will never get better.

Writers need each other for all kinds of support: fleshing out story ideas, grammar, back cover blurbs, covers, beta readers, reviewers, book trailers, the list could go on and on. There is a plethora of groups, both online and in real life, where fellow writers are more than willing to share their experiences, expertise, and encouragement. Every writer needs this no matter where they are in their writing career.

So, if you don’t have a few fellow writing friends in your repertoire, consider finding some today.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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