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The Daily (Writing) Grind, and the People Who Can Help

Here at YA Highway, we talk a lot about critique partners. That's because YA Highway began long before we wrote the first blog post; it began when we were just writers, sharing our work and our ideas.     We have coached each other through a lot of books and almost-books and book-related stress, and we know that there's nothing more helpful than a team of talented friends who can help you get your stuff together.

That said, sometimes you don't need a critique partner - you just need someone to hammer out a few pages with you, for moral support and for the everyday slogging through words. Sometimes you just need someone to ask you "Have you written today? No? When are you going to make that happen?"

Writing is a solitary profession; but some writers (like me) work best with a buddy. If that sounds like you, there are a few ways you can find partners to work with while you pound out your daily word count.

#WordSprints and #WordWars on Twitter: Strangers on social network writing as many words as possible in a short amount of time. This is a RECIPE for collective motivation. I love it.

Absolute Write: We've definitely talked about AW before, but that's just because this site is near and dear to our hearts. We Highwayers met via Absolute Write forums; so we know the value of a hundred writers gathering in one spot to encourage and motivate each other.

NaNoWriMo: Okay, so it's true that National Novel Writing Month only happens once a year; but if you find a local group of NaNoers - or even an online group made of writers who continue writing throughout the year - you'll find there are always people willing to get together and work. Stay in touch with NaNo folks and the website throughout the year; you may be surprised at the writing pals you befriend.

So there you are! I hope that helps get you started on today's word count. Good luck, and happy writing!

Kristin Briana Otts

Kristin is an aspiring YA author with an abiding love for her dog, ghost hunter tv shows, and rainy days.

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  1. These are great tips! I've buddied up with writers for daily check-ins, and I also have writing groups that I can contribute updates to each day. Still, there's something appealing about going onto Twitter or other websites and giving encouragement to strangers -- and receiving it from them as well.


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