Just like buying a comfortable pair of shoes, you’ll have to shop for writing partners. You’ll have to try them on.
You might work with a number of people until you find the perfect match.
(Our next article covers how to work together).
While you’re working with a partner, ask yourself these questions.
- Do I like this person? Does she like me? Is she like me–a writer of comparable skill, who possesses my commitment to continual improvement?
- Is this person intelligent, truthful, fair, and kind-hearted?
- Is this relationship helpful? Is my writing improving?
If you suspect lack of commitment, or inability to be honest, if you feel like this person doesn’t like you, if you detect hidden subterfuge or envy, keep looking until you find the right person/people.
Have you found the right person? Do you have any ideas on how to gracefully bow out of a writing partnership or group that isn’t working?