Writing is a solitary occupation so … who needs people?
Thankfully, I realized that early on in my writing journey. I joined the ACFW and as a part of that, discovered the Scribes critique group. It opened my eyes to the absolute necessity of having others read and critique my writing. But while Scribes was a great place to start, I knew I needed a tighter-knit group. I needed my own peeps. People who would have my back, hold my feet to the fire, give me a shoulder to cry on, kick me in the rear, and most of all, pray for me and my writing.
The desire to find that led to what we now call the Quid Pro Quills. So how do they help me and my writing? I’ll take them in the order I met them.
Robin Patchen keeps my participles from dangling, my tenses from tangling, and my fears from strangling me.
Jericha Kingston gives me hope, cheers me on, points out my story’s inconsistencies, and is a master brain-stormer when I get stuck.
Kara Hunt finds all my almost-right words (I keep her busy with that), challenges me to add more tension, and cuts all sorts of fluff from my stories.
Candice Patterson makes me see my writing with all my senses, she rounds my stories into a fullness they otherwise would lack.
Jodie Wolfe joined us just a couple of months ago and already she’s proven invaluable for me to bounce ideas off of and share a laugh with.
Without this group of exceptional writers, I would have given up my quest to write a book years ago. I need my peeps! Their individual gifts to encourage and support, to bully and bluster, have shaped me into the writer I am. (So it’s all their fault!) And thanks to them, I’ve sold my first novella to Barbour Publishing. I can’t tell you how much my peeps mean to me.