Megan Mitcham · writing advice

You Got to Have Friends…

Like The Devine Ms. M sang, “You got to have friends…” For our purposes I’ll say (Definitely, not sing. I value your hearing too much.), “You’ve got to have author friends.” Other friends are important too, but I’m quickly finding there’s nothing like author friends.

Nearly a year ago, I read one of the many Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents books available on the market today. I highlighted and dog eared important points like a good little student. When I got to a sentence that read something like, “When in doubt ask a fellow author for advice.” I set the book on my desk, jarred my computer a little and looked around the room. I looked at the walls, my dogs, the trees and pond past the window and laughed a cynical melody. I lived, at the time and still do, in a quant town in Southern Arkansas. There were no publishing houses across the square and I sure as heck didn’t have author friends in my pocket. I didn’t know anyone who’d published anything. Ever.

But alas, not a year later I have writer friends!

After my cynical bit, I began researching writing groups by genre. There are many that run the gambit: international, local, genre based, and so on. International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America seemed to fit best with my writing. I honed in and found a local chapter of RWA where I could get face to face with published writers and work hands on with a group.

The ladies of The Diamond State Romance Authors are more valuable than gold. They have welcomed me with open arms, encouraged  my writing, answered my numerous newbie questions, and guided me toward tools which improve my craft. Most importantly, we all share a passion for writing. Now, I am thrilled to be a member of the DSRA and would love to welcome new members into the fold.

I must admit, before completing this post I spent fifteen minutes watching Bette Midler videos on YouTube. She’s spectacular!

Happy Writing!

Megan Mitcham, Writer

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13 thoughts on “You Got to Have Friends…

    1. I must warn you, the song has been lodged in my brain since I wrote the post, nearly a week now. Glad I could pass it along. Thanks for commenting and being one of those author friends! Hope you have a good week.

  1. There’s nothing like being able to talk to people who have been through (and are still going through) all the sames ups and downs you’re experiencing as a writer. We’re so happy to have you with us!

  2. I don’t know what I would do without my writing friends. Even though most are online, we don’t need to meet face-to-face to “hear” and understand and support each other. Great inaugural post. Sounds like a wonderful group of writers.

  3. They really are, Gloria! I am also amazed at the support I’ve found with writers online. Writers rock, plain and simple! And I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who taps the writer friend resources.

    1. Thanks Cynthia!

      Soooo sad, you won’t. I’ll be in Jackson, MS running through the mud in the Warrior Dash. I signed up for it forever ago and realized, only days ago, that it’s on a meeting day.

      But I will see you at the retreat!! Face-to-face. It’s a date. 🙂

  4. This profession never ceases to amaze me with its talent or its warmth. We are not competition, we are kindred spirits, we are family. Good post, my friend. See ya round the web.

  5. It’s great having you here to Megan!! Friends are what has helped me get through the doubts and discouragements. I just wouldn’t be where I am without you all. Thanks for being great friends.

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