First. this is an exciting blog for me. I’ve been on WordPress about five months and this is my 100th blog, (yeah me) and in this blog I am introducing a very interesting idea.
Okay, here’s the story. I’ve always wanted a writing buddy. I figured every other writer wants one too.
I want a writing buddy who will read my stuff even if it’s bad and tell me the truth, in a kind way.
I want my writing buddy to keep track of me, my characters, my submissions and offer friendly advice.
I don’t need my writing buddy to write my book, rewrite my book, say something like “you know what would be a great story…” and I don’t need my writing buddy to steal my ideas, say I’m crazy to be a writer or otherwise degrade the hardest, least praised and lowest paid job in the world.
I do want my writing buddy to keep me honest, try to keep me writing and try to keep me on track.
Now that’s a tall order even for a spouse who would benefit by sucking up half of the royalties from the other half’s book. Spouses know what a writer wants and just being married to one is hard enough. For a stranger, it’s just not feasible. No one would be a writing buddy… unless.
Yeah, I know it’s commercialism, (hey at least it’s not cannibalism) and it is probably not going to work because no matter how little it costs, a writing buddy is a dangerous position. A writing buddy can be cut off, yelled at, blamed for everything from misspellings to rejection letters, and emotionally injured. I know writers. They are a crazy lot. I know because I’m one of them.
So here’s what I’m going to do. I am going to be a writing buddy, but not for free.
First I’m going to start a yahoo group, and solicit ideas, cost suggestions and the basic concept. Then, in March, I’ll post the general rules (like no sending 500 pages of a manuscript, or emailing every minute to see if I’ll respond.)
But I think there are people who would like an email every couple of days to see how it’s going, what the direction you’re heading, and how many pages this week.
Of course you can comment to this blog about the idea. That’s fine and I have no problem creating a discussion here. I just thought a yahoo group would be a little less visible. Personally I don’t care. Either way will work.
There’s the start of the writing buddy.
Here’s my first thought to throw out.
This is an idea, not reality What about $ 10 a month. You get approximately 10 emails a month coming at you. I’ll read any query. Look up a few agents. Make publisher suggestions. You can sent up to 10 back (give or take this is not an automated system). Hows that for starters. Buy a year, get 25% off. Just spitballing.
By the way, give me a day or two two rummage around Yahoo. The group already exists and the link i below.
As for the plotless plot turn out its a little more complicated to explain that I imagined. Plus it has a little graph that I have to figure out how to post.
Stay tuned. (as opposed to out of tune, I guess)