The Benefits of a Writing Partner and Where to Find One
With an array of possible avenues to go down when writing a novel, it can be hard to know where to start. The world of eBooks has made getting published today very different to publishing just a few years ago, so making sure you have something that makes you stand out from the crowd is crucial. One way to help you to stay on track is to have a writing partner.
A writing partner can take several forms. Often they act as a sounding board for you to bounce ideas off, giving you their opinions on which direction you should take. Often this is a reciprocal relationship, with them using you to help them in the same way. This helps both of you to boost your productivity, get new ideas, and dial into what will resonate with your audience.
There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing a writing partner. You should ensure that your writing partner has experience in the genre you are writing in, because this will help them to give you the best advice and feedback possible. Another thing to look for in a writing partner is writing pace; you want to work with someone who can give you as much as you can give them, so if you need feedback every couple of weeks but they are asking for help every other day that relationship is unlikely to be sustainable.
So where can you find a writing partner? Some people turn to friends or family who are also in the writing business for advice, but you should not feel limited to this group of people. The internet has made the world feel smaller in so many ways, and finding a writing partner online has never been easier. Not only can you find them online, but you can also communicate with them online, making geographical distance a non-issue. For the best chance of success, make sure you are clear about what you want from a writing partner in any advertisements you post, for example how often you would want to speak with them, and how much time you predict you will be able to commit to helping your partner.
Writing partners can bring you so many benefits, and most authors say they would be lost without their partner! They can certainly take your writing to next level, and could be the missing piece that unlocks a new realm of possibilities for you as an author.
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