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February 7, 2013

Plotting Princesses hosts: Addison Fox & The Friends You Take on the Journey

The Friends You Take On the Journey

My thanks to the Plotting Princesses for hosting me today! I have a special place in my heart for the PPs as so many of them are my fellow chapter members in our Dallas RWA chapter. These are an incredible group of women – so generous and giving to the writers’ community – and I’m thrilled to spend the day with them!

Since this is a group of women I know pretty well, I thought this post could talk about the friendships you make on the publishing journey. Writing is a challenging profession – there are the inevitable ups and down, the hours spent crafting stories by yourself and the process of dealing with rejection – all of which require an ever-thickening skin and a desire so deep to have the publishing dream that that very same stubborn desire eclipses whatever difficulties get thrown your way.

Because of that, it’s absolutely essential to find good friends for the journey.

Whether you find them through your local RWA chapter or on writers loops, via the Goodreads community or on a common blog, developing strong, trusting friendships to see you through those ups and downs is as important as honing craft, learning the business and building your marketing plan.

It is your writer friends who will pave a path of camaraderie and support on your publishing journey. Your writer friends who understand why revisions induce the need to consume vast quantities of chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Your writer friends who understand why that smiley face from your editor in the margin of the manuscript means more than a promotion at the day job.

And it is your writer friends who will humanize the journey to publication, bringing such great love, joy and celebration to your life as an author.

They are necessary. They are beloved. They are invaluable. When you find them, hug them close and refuse to let them go.


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Sylvia said...

Hi Addison,
This is a wonderful post and it's so true. It's the friends you meet on the journey that help you along the path to success. The PP girls have taught me so much about social media and publication. And they're about to help me plot book 15. I can't wait to see what we do with my little idea. Great blog.

Michelle Miles said...

Great post, Addison! It's soooo true. I don't know what I would do without my writer buddies. They are such a source of inspiration and support. I would be lost without my PP gals and other pals. (I just rhymed haha).

Addison said...

Thanks, Sylvia & Michelle!

The friends I've met on this journey mean so very much to me!!


Elizabeth Essex said...

Wonderful post, Addison. Thanks for reminding me that our writer friends are indispensable in both success and failure. :)

Thanks for visiting with us today! Cheers, EE


Hi, Addison! Isn't it loverly to have pals be on our journey too? I've met so many wonderful people through my writing. I love my PP gals.

And congratulations on your new book! You are a busy gal and this sounds like a very good one.

Alisha said...

What a fantastic post, Addison! Our writer friends are so important on this journey! Good luck with your new release!

Liz Lipperman said...

Writer friends are as precious as gold, and I count you as one of mine. This job is too lonely and discouraging without them. Love the book cover and can't wait to dig into it.

Kathy Ivan said...

What a great topic! I've been blessed with meeting a wonderful and supportive group of writer friends (including my lovely PP pals) who help to keep me grounded in reality when my brain wants to explore a million other placed. I've made some of my dearest friends through writer groups and reader groups, the people who honestly "get me" when I'm spouting off amount my stories, what I'm working on and support me on my journey.

I count you, Addison, as a truly special friend.

Thanks for dropping by the PP blog and congratulations on your latest release (its on my Kindle as we speak).

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Addison,
It's so nice to see you on the PP blog! Welcome! You are so correct about all the friends needed on your writing journey. I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful people in our RWA chapter and beyond. You can count yourself as one of those blessings. :) Good luck with your latest release!

Addison said...

All of your lovely comments remind me yet again what incredible blessings writing has brought into my life.