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Saturday, February 28, 2015

When you need a friend

When it comes to my writing I reach a point with every piece where I feel the need to have my closest friends look at it – both to see if what I’m doing makes any sense, and to get their critical feedback on how to proceed.   And family, particularly those family members who also are your close or “best” friends, can and should play this role as well. 

Writers can write for themselves, of course, and many do.  But if you are serious about casting your words out to the world – like notes in bottles waiting to be uncorked and read by those “unknown others,” then you need these types of “up close and personal” responses to help you move toward successful completion of what you have created.

As author Judith Viorst once said:
“Close friends contribute to our personal growth, just as they also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, and the laughter ring louder because they are there.”

Happy writing … and call those friends.

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