Last month I finished up my second year of NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It lasts the entire month of November, and the goal is to write 50,000 words! I’m thrilled to announce that I won! What I’m even more thrilled to share is why you need a writing partner.
Having the pressure on your shoulders of getting 50,000 words written in one month while attending to all of your other responsibilities can be stressful. Scratch that. It is stressful. I’m a mom and a writer. There’s a constant struggle of giving both an equal amount of time and effort so you’re not feeling mom or writer guilt. If you’re not a mom, I know you have other things you need to focus on besides writing, and this is why you need a writing partner, because in the midst of everything else, they’ll give you a little bit of balance while you’re juggling everything. Along with that, they’ll help encourage you to make the most of your time when you are writing.
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That means you won’t find yourself staring at a blank word document as minutes and hours pass. Instead, you’ll be productive and get down whatever is floating through your thoughts.
Having someone by my side, essentially, while I was striving toward a 50k word month made all the difference. And here are some reasons why…
This is one of the major reasons why I think you need a writing partner. I mean, if you wanted to, you could do word sprints by yourself. But, it’s so much better having a partner to do it with. A word sprint is setting a time limit (30 minutes, 1 hour) and write! You don’t focus on anything else but writing and building your word count.
Completing word sprints with my partner turned into some of my most productive time during the month of November, and I’m really grateful that I had someone to share that success with.
As a writer, it’s easy to fall into the pits of self-doubt, especially when your stressing yourself out about getting x amount of words in. So when you’re feeling that creep in, like you’re not good enough and what you’re writing is a piece of crap, it’s beneficial to discuss it with your partner. It’s a chance to be there for one another on a deeper level as writers, and it offers the encouragement and motivation you need to keep going.
(Little secret: To complete NaNoWriMo, you need to write 1,667 words a day!)
Are you unsure if a certain part of your writing flows or makes sense? This is one of the best reasons as to why you need a writing partner, because they can help you clear things up that you’re having a difficult time with. They can help offer you a little clarity when your mind is in a fog of writing so many words.
When my partner and were wondering how something sounded, we shared it with each other to get feedback. Being that we’re partners and comfortable with each other, we didn’t have a problem giving positive constructive criticism.
Phew. Honestly, it’s just nice having someone to shoot the breeze with when your mind is in a cluster of feels like mush (because writing). It’s even nicer when that person is in it with you and understands. They know what it’s like to hit a rough spot in a chapter and feel like you’re not making any progress, they understand the stomach-sinking feeling when you’re so far into your novel and realize there’s a plot hole.
It’s essential to have some downtime, too, and having your writing partner there definitely helps. (Even if it’s just a gif conversation.) It brightens your mood, helping to bring the creativity back with you feel like it’s fading.
Before you start any writing project, it’s sort of essential to brainstorm at least a little bit. But, sometimes it’s vital to do that in the process of writing depending on what kind of writing you are. If you’re not much of a planner, doing this may be more likely, but your writing partner can help you with this.
Wondering if your idea makes sense? Turn to your writing partner. Or maybe you need help getting a brainstorming session going. Ask your writing partner for a little help. Helping out with this will get your creative juices flowing too. It’s helpful for both parties.
Chances are your writing partner is either a friend of yours or will become one of your friends. Spending an entire month encouraging someone to do the same thing your doing sort of creates a bond in a way. Therefore, you can expect to walk away with a friend when you finish your novel. This is another one of the very best reasons why you need a writing partner, (even if it is totally unrelated to writing itself.)
If you have decided that you want to give having a writing partner a try, here’s a good post that explains what you should look for in a writing partner: 7 Things You Need in a Writing Partner.
These are just a few reasons why you need a writing partner, but I bet you’ll find even more benefits if you seek one moving forward with your writing. To give you a little more insight on having a writing partner, I interviewed my writing partner! You can find the short interview below.