No, really--I mean it.
When I write, I log into a special chat--just me and my CP(s) (depending on who's writing that night). We do regular check-ins to stay motivated. If I have any questions, or need a quick brainstorming session, they're there for instant feedback. And I'm there to do the same for them.
It's AMAZING what a difference this has made. I went from having to revise a scene 5 or 6 times, to nailing it in 2 to 3--tops. And I can't tell you how many times I've been stumped on naming something, or ways of wording things--and they've helped me find the answer in a matter of minutes. I really don't know how I made it through a whole draft without them.
And then there's the wealth of knowledge and wisdom at my disposal. Thanks to blogging and Twitter, I've been able to connect with writers at all different stages in their careers. So when I have a question about how the industry works, or marketing, or writing, I have any number of people I can turn to for advice.
Even better? Sometimes people turn to me. I'm still a newbie--and more than a little wet behind the ears--but amazingly enough, sometimes I have the answers to their questions. And I'm happy to help them the same way so many others have helped me.
Not to mention that the writing community is one of the kindest, most supportive places I've ever found. Sure, its not perfect--and we can't all get along perfectly all the time--but the friends I've made are absolutely amazing. They'll call me at 1:30 in the morning--their time--because they read an email I sent and knew I needed a pep talk. They let me text them on their vacation because they knew I was going through a stressful process and they wanted me to keep them updated. It's actually a little overwhelming when I think about how much I gain from people, and how little I'm sometimes able to give back.
So thank you. Thank you to my friends and CPs, to anyone who follows my blog or follows me on Twitter or lets me hassle them with emails and questions. Thank you all so much. I really would be lost without you, and I'm so very glad I don't have to navigate this sometimes scary and confusing industry alone.
How about you guys--do you let people help you on your journey, or are you one of those rare islands unto yourself?