Writing / revising is a lot like the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire television show. (Stay with me, it might make sense after a bit). Writing is a solitary endeavor but there comes a time when other people are needed. Thankfully (Aha! I used this month’s theme!), I have many people who I go to for help. My lifelines, if you will. (I’m going to have to look that up later: If you will. If you will what?)
When I’m writing and get stuck, I have options. I can keep writing with a 50/50 chance I’ll get it right.
I can ask the audience (critique partners, other writerly types).
Or I can phone a friend. Fortunately for my friends I shuffle them around, so I’m not bugging the same ones constantly.
When looking up videos for this blog post, I learned there are more lifelines than there used to be. I didn’t spend time looking at the newer episodes, but maybe someone out there knows what they are and can share.
Apparently, the Phone A Friend lifeline has been dropped. I couldn’t imagine omitting that from my life.
Just for fun, I share this next clip.