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Best Friends

I wish that everyone could have friends like mine! My writing career has flourished because of them. Kate Messner planted the seed, started me on the journey, and mentored me along the way. Other friends have read my manuscripts, critiqued my work, encouraged me, and provided me with opportunities to learn, to share, or conduct research.

But here is the latest way a friend has held me up when I needed it. When my good friend Kate Messner found out I could use some uninterrupted writing time, she offered me her writing room for the whole day. So I brought some supplies (granola bar, water, and a package of organic oatmeal), essentials (laptop, paper, and a pen), and necessities (I stopped at Stewart’s and bought an extra large hazelnut coffee and a pack of Winterfresh gum.).

By the time I arrived, Kate was at skating with her girl. Luckily she’d warned her hubby & boy that Hermit Writer was arriving so I wouldn’t startle them. After a brief hello, I made my way to the room.

Kate had left this on the desk:

(At least she used a <3 to give me a kick start!)

So I settled in and got to work…the view of Crab Island made me think of my dad, an avid boater, who died before my first novel was finished. He encouraged me to pursue my writing. Glancing out the window, seeing the memorial, made me feel like he was there, cheering me on and gave me comfort.

(Here is a link to the Crab Island Memorial: http://bit.ly/hvUukx)

I reviewed my notes for the end of the book, tweaking them a little. But there was still one little problem. Okay, a slightly big hole…there, are you happy? I knew what needed to happen and what the aftermath would be for my character. I just had to find a way to fill the whole….

After a little bit, the door cracked open and this flew in, which made me laugh:

(It’s a paper airplane with the wireless code! haha)
Kate knew that I sometimes needed to consult maps while I was writing this particular novel, where there is much movement.

But then a little bit later, Kate (being the giving and thoughtful friend that she is) delivered lunch: A homemade chicken, cheese, and rice burrito with a side of salsa…and my favorite beverage: water. Yummy! She also offered to bring me dinner, but I declined – I didn’t want to ask too much, so I'd be invited back another time!

I stayed in the writing room all day…until 7:00 pm. I was so engrossed in my story, I didn’t even get up to turn on the lights. I tapped away by the light of my backlit keyboard.

The room is calming, as you can see. What you can’t see is that it is magical! While I was letting the story flow from my imagination to the page, I had an epiphany! That big hole? Kate’s Writing Room worked its charm on me….and I built a bridge over the chasm, leading me solidly to the end of my journey. YAY!

How fortunate I am to have a friend like Kate! If you could, in the comments below, tell how a friend has helped you or you them with your writing. (Or other parts of your life..)
And may you all have at least one, true friend.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
This made me cry and smile. What generosity, thoughtfulness, gratitude, and magic. What more can a day with (or without) a friend bring? Lovely.
Mar. 14th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Writer friends are so important, and such a nice space for you to use. I love the view.

See you in five day!
Mar. 14th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
Writer friends are so important, and such a nice space for you to use. I love the view.

See you in five days!
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Awww, Marjorie, how sweet! Sometimes you just need that supportive push in the right direction. Speaking from experience, Kate is a pro at that! Kudos on getting so much done!
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