NaNoWriMo Tip #16 – Find a Writing Buddy

It may be hard to believe but not every writer is an introvert. Ernest Hemmingway sure wasn’t. Sometimes you need a good writing buddy to go to a coffee shop with. Even introverts need it every now and again. There’s plenty of benefits to writing with a friend but, naturally, there’s potential risks and problems, too. For NaNoWriMo, you might just need a good friend or writing partner to keep you motivated.

First, finding someone else who writes for NaNoWriMo could prove a challenge. It might mean you’ll need to step outside your comfort zone and meet new people. Once you’re able to actually find someone, you’d be surprised how much it sticks a fire under your seat to get stuff done.

A writing buddy can challenge you to write faster, harder, and reach your goals because they act as a natural accountability partner. No one wants to spend an hour or more with someone only to reach the end and say, “Well, I wrote 500 words.”

A friend can also help encourage you, give you advice, and, let’s face it, not make writing so lonely. For some, the loneliness of writing is the greatest struggle. Helping ease it can be a huge benefit.

Beware of talking too much. It’s all too easy to meet up, grab a coffee, and start talking endlessly about movies, books, and whatever the heck Trump just tweeted. So, try to restrain your inner Chatty-Kathy and keep the talking to a minimum. If anything, both of you can agree to talk for a little after you’ve gotten the writing done.

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