I know. It’s an obvious statement. Let me rephrase it: writer friends are essential for a writer. And I don’t think that just holds true for writers. I firmly believe that whatever your passion is, you will only benefit from having close friends who share that passion.
This has been on my mind a lot this summer, mostly due to my isolation from my writing friends after being surrounded by them for a school year. And as much as I love my friends and family, I can’t sit with them in near silence for hours and write, or comfortably discuss the best way to conceal weapons within ballgowns without raising concern. And yes, those are situations I have been in and enjoyed with writer friends.
I can clearly remember one of the first experiences I had with other writers at Taylor. There was a group of us, talking about a book series. I can’t even remember what it was, but there was one clear thought in my mind. These people speak my language. I’m not the only one.
There is something so special about finding people who see the world through the same rose-tinted lens as you. You can relate to those people on a profound level.
I’m not saying your only friends should be those who ‘speak your language’. In fact, sometimes you need a break from your normal way of thinking, a challenge to your mind. But there are also times that you need to figure out a problem in your plot that only a writer could understand.