Do I Need a Writing Partner?
If you’re just starting out in your writing career, you may not have come across writing partners yet. If that is the case, you’re in the right place! Today we’re going to talk about what a writing partner is, the benefits of having a writing partner, and where to find one.
A writing partner is someone you have a semi-formal arrangement with who helps you with your writing, in return for you helping them with theirs. It is a mutually beneficial relationship, enabling both parties to improve their writing. Usually, your writing partner is someone you meet with, virtually or in person, every week or so to discuss ideas and ways to make your writing even better.
Having a writing partner can help to elevate your writing to the next level. Here are just a few benefits that a writing partner can bring:
Giving you honest and constructive feedback
Many writers turn to family and friends for feedback on their writing. While sometimes useful, this can also be difficult because people who are closest to you rarely feel comfortable giving you criticism, even if it is intended to be constructive. A writing partner is someone who is suitably distanced from you that they are not going to just tell you what you want to hear. Their feedback can help to steer your writing in a better direction.
Helping you to see the wood for the trees
When you are writing, it is easy to get lost in your work. A writing partner can help to centre you to allow you to consider the whole novel, chapter or paragraph in a clearer way. Having another person read through your work can be extremely valuable, helping you to stay focused. Your writing partner is a fresh set of eyes that can help you to see what it is you have written and how you can progress, which is sometimes difficult to do when you’ve read over the same paragraph 100 times!
Being a soundboard for new ideas
One of the biggest benefits of a writing partner is that you can bounce ideas off them. As a fellow writer, your writing partner will be able to give you good advice about which ideas are good and which ones to leave behind. Additionally, discussing each other’s work is a great way to spark new ideas for your own writing.
Hopefully by now you can see the many benefits of having a writing partner. So, the next question is: where can I find one? The answer to this really depends on your own personal network. You could approach somebody you already know to see if they would like to become your writing partner. Alternatively, there are lots of ways to find writing partners online. The world is so much smaller now thanks to the internet, so there are hundreds of authors that are just a mouse click away! Make sure to partner up with someone you feel you can bring value to as well, to make it a solid, happy, and long-lasting working relationship.
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