Surround Yourself with People Who Will Help You Achieve Your Dreams

by Joyce Dunaway @DunawayJoyce

Although writing is a lonely task, you need others to help you become a published writer.

Where do you find these people and how can you recruit them to help you?

Following are some suggestions for how others can help you succeed:

Involve Positive Family and Friends

Recruit family and friends who believe in what you’re doing. Involve them in the process by keeping them up-to-date on your journey and asking them for prayer or encouragement for the next step.

Organize a Prayer Team

Include Christian friends you consider prayer warriors. Ask them to pray for God’s direction for your current needs.

Connect with Other Writers on Social Media

Choose successful authors you admire and follow them. They often post links to sites that offer writing tips.

Attend Writing Conferences

Teachers at workshops and conferences are there to coach potential authors. Sometimes the contacts you make will result in acquiring an agent or editor who is interested in your manuscript.

Join a Critique Group

Select a group that is close enough to attend monthly meetings. The best groups include unpublished and published writers. It’s also important that your genre is represented.

If there is not a group in your area, there are on-line groups. For example, research Word Weavers International to determine if this would work for you.

I would love to hear how others have helped you on your writing journey. Please leave your comments in the section below.


  1. Daphne Woodall says:

    Nice post Joyce! We may write alone but we know it’s the support of others that keeps us running the race. And we cheer when our friends cross the finish line!

  2. So true about this need. Sadly I have found that sometimes the friends you think will be most supportive for some reason aren’t. Maybe it’s a lack of understanding in how to help. I am praying about how to better explain this need to those who say they want to help. I don’t have a book out yet so not in need of a Street team but something similar. I’d love to hear how others have helped their friends and family understand the writer’s journey better.

    • Often friends and family who aren’t writers don’t understand our needs. Since I am unpublished yet, I often ask them to pray. I try to give them something specific. For example, they could pray for a safe journey and divine appointments at a conference we will be attending. Then let them know how God answered their prayers.

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