That’s What Friends Are For!

I’m writing this during my typical #5amwritersclub hours instead of the day before because I just JUST turned in my second novel and I was so mentally exhausted I couldn’t form any more real sentences if I tried. It’s questionable if this blog will even make any sense. We shall see!

All week, as I’ve been reading my fellow Debs post about friends and support systems, I couldn’t get Dionne Warwick’s famous collabo “That’s What Friends Are For” out of my head.

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for!

Publishing can really suck the very soul out of your body sometimes. There have been several times that I literally held in screams until I was red in the face. But knowing you have friends in your corner that think the sun shines out your ass no matter what you write really is the KEY to sanity.

I’ve already talked about my writing sister Raquel, and how she has tempered my meltdowns and has checked me when my words fall short, but I also have to give love to my fellow Debutantes, who allow me to vent without judgment, willing to read my work when I’m questioning my abilities, and always there to back me up.

Also my GIRLS, even those who aren’t writers, who pour so much love and support into my text messages every day. I don’t know where I’d be without them.

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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.

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