I was going to write about something else today, but having spoken with friends and reviewed the comments on my last post today, I thought this topic would be better.
Friends are incredibly important in anyone's quest to do anything in their lives. A strong network of support and encouragement is absolutely necessary. I could not have done what I have done in life if it weren't for that support network (and family is included here). My friends, it goes without saying (but still begs to be said), are awesome.
Some friends I've known since High School (love you A.J.). Other friends I only met in my final year of university. The latter group of people belong to the same Kung Fu school as I do and, it was discovered on a Kung Fu trip, we all shared a common passion - writing. In the spirit of new found friendship and a large dollop of fun, we started a small writer's group. These people are, without a doubt some of the most talented, imaginative and wonderful people I think I will ever know.
They are also incredibly supportive, knowing intimately, as they do, the desire to write and be read. When I told them I had finished my first ever, full-length, turned-out-to-be-four-books manuscript, the support just flowed in. I cannot find words adequate enough to explain to you what that means to me.
My first and most important piece of advice to people who want to be authors. Find yourselves a good circle of friends. There is nothing better than that. My friends have been with me through some very trying times. They have been there with me through some really amazing times. They have just always been there. My current circle of friends are now my unofficial editors and my official cheering squad.
Thank-you so much guys.