"Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends."
~ It's a Wonderful Life
That's right, I'm starting out with a sappy movie quote.
I could've started with this:
So let's talk about friends.
I am a Kindergarten teacher, and I see kids constantly navigating the whole "friendship" thing--how to make friends and how to be a good friend (i.e. "Tyler, when you take a bite out of Brooklyn's PB&J, she's probably not going to want to sit by you at lunch." #KindergartenFriendship101).
But that's what childhood is all about. Friends. Becoming besties. Forming arch nemesis on the playground. Becoming besties with your nemesis.
(Any other Avatar fans out there? This show is so super fun and cute!)
My oldest son, Parker, is two years old. He's just now learning about the word 'friend' and who his 'friends' are. When you're little, friendship is easy. You just go right up and ask someone "Will you be my friend?" Boom. Instant friend.
When you're a little older it's definitely more awkward, isn't it? You don't ask somebody's permission (well, you might... but then you probably won't get the answer you're looking for) but it's something that happens over time.
But what about on the internet?
I am starting this blog because I know there is an awesome community of authors out there and I'd like this blog to be a place where writers--aspiring, published, or otherwise--can come, put their feet up and make some writing friends. Where we can encourage each other and share ideas.
But I need your help.
I need you. (uhh... and not in any kind of creepy, stalker way, I promise!)
So, how 'bout it?
Will you be my friend? :)
(okay, that wasn't sooo bad)
Have you found ways to connect to other writers online? Maybe even found a critique partner or two? If so, please tell us your secrets! What benefits have you found in connecting to other writers online?