I dearly love my friends who cheer me on in my writing and are kind enough to check in on me every once in a while to make sure I’m still breathing – like one of my friends who engaged me in the following texting conversation the other week.
Friend: Hey girl, how is the book coming?
Me: A little slow today… trying to work out some plot details and
feeling a bit distracted.
Friend: Is everything ok?
Me: Yeah, it may be a slight case of writer’s block, but I’m forcing myself to just write anyway. That usually helps me through it.
Friend: Does this happen to you a lot?
Me: Not too often… No writer is immune, though. I wish!
If a writer tells you he's having a rough day, don’t ask why. It just happens. The wise person knows to give his writing friend a brownie and a hug – and then shoo him back to his desk to get back to work.