My Writer Friends Are Good for Me

Hi there! Are you a good listener? Well, for me it’s hit and miss. Ha!

What I mean is that sometimes I have the most difficulty listening to those closest to me, especially my family. (Most especially my husband — sorry honey, you married kind of a difficult lady. Can you see where our girls get those stubborn streaks?)

I knew when I branched out into the writing community that is ROW80 that I’d be commiserating over a deep love of writing, which is what brought us together. Yet I’m seeing far more benefits to this community of writers than I ever expected. Some of the topics that come up as we all work toward our writing goals generate conversations of real value to other areas of my life. Who knew I’d be chatting with other writers about health tips, or tips for forgiving ourselves and moving forward when things don’t go our way?

Writing is what brings this group together, but the specific people involved are such wonderful specimens of humankind! I never expected having a writing community to literally MAKE ME HAPPIER, in all areas of my life. Thank you, writer friends!

And for any writers out there who have not yet heard about ROW80 — if you feel like you’d benefit from knowing other writers (and who wouldn’t?), click that link above and get signed up for Round 2, which will begin April 2, 2012.

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

2 comments on “My Writer Friends Are Good for Me

  1. I can really relate to this post! I’ve met so many wonderful people and I feel like I’ve made some good friends, including you. 🙂 I’m so glad Kait decided to start ROW80. My life has definitely been enriched because of it.

  2. Thank *you*! I love having all these writer friends – very few people in my circle are writers, so it’s great to have a group to share the ups and downs with.

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