Whether you’re book feeding or class feeding your writing career baby, overall health and growth is a concern for any parent. You may fear your book baby hasn’t gained enough weight for it’s age or isn’t hitting the correct milestones at the correct point in time. We all put parenting pressure on ourselves.
I recommend creating and maintaining a open, trust based relationship with a critique partner as well as a supportive writing group. These two relationships will become more than a resource for your book baby, they will be a resource for you as well.
Regular, consistent check-ups are opportunities to ask questions. Ask lots of questions. Every critique partner should expect and welcome any and all new parenting, even experienced book parenting questions. But, where can a book parent find a reliable critique partner? While there are plenty of searches you can do online, I find a recommendation is a great way to connect. Where can you get a recommendation? From other book parents.
Once you become a book parent, suddenly your non-writing friends, while eager and loving, might have a difficult time identifying with problems that inevitably arise. Nothing will help you through the bumps along the book parenting road. Being supported by other parents who know what you’re experiencing and most importantly are there to help, can ease every growing pain.
As Ann Charles has often told me, “It takes a village to raise a book.” You don’t have to be in this alone! Trust me, the things that are making you cry can be turned around into laughter with the support of other writers and a good critique partner.
:} Amber Scott