Reality Check For Authors #5: No Writer Is An Island


 No Writer Is An Island

“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.” ― Sue Monk KiddThe Secret Life of Bees

Writing any kind of book, be it memoir, how-to, guess-what and or even fiction, is never really a solitary pursuit. Even if you’re a lone wolf and you haven’t seen the light of day since you began your project eighteen months ago, there will still come a point in the journey where,  in order for you to really hone that puppy to a razor sharp edge of perfection, you’ll have to come out of your cave and let others invest in the process.

Now I’m not talking about letting just any Tom, Mary-Jane or Suzie pick apart our work. Even seasoned authors don’t invite barbaric scavengers to participate in the birth and raising of their children (and lets be honest here, anything a writer pecks out on their cell phone, tablet, laptop or PC is, in its most basic form, the genesis of yet another potentially creative work). But unless we are willing to submit our current project to the scrutiny of a different set of lens other than ourselves, family and significant others, the best we can hope is a piece half done.

So the Realty Check for Authors today is, No Writer Is An Island. And it takes a village with a population of at least  three or four others to help bring your manuscript or screenplay as close to perfection as it can get and not be considered one of the seven wonders of the world (which if, that were any indication of the size royalty check you were to receive would not be a bad thing). So find yourself a critique group you can trust, then put on the big girl/boy panties and embrace the process of letting others help you become the author they always knew you could be.

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