K is for Kinship. We writers feel a sense of kinship when we meet other writers. It’s like we are meeting another kindred spirit or meeting the other half of our souls. We all undergo the same emotions day in and day out. Our journeys, hopes and aspirations are similar. We can discuss books with them without putting them to sleep.
This sense of kinship that we share with other writers makes us eager to help them in any small way we can: by giving them shoutouts on our blogs, by critiquing their query letters, first few pages, and entire manuscripts, by sharing tips and advice with them, by helping them promote their books.
Their success becomes our own and so does their failure. I feel very bad when my critique partners talk about the rejections they have met with. Their rejections hurt as much as my own rejections hurt me.
Don't we all look forward to helping our writing pals? Do you nurse a bruised heart when a critique partner’s book is rejected?
Note: this is my post for the A to Z Challenge. My theme is Emotions and Feelings writers experience.