Last night I heard US Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor talking about her latest book, My Beloved World. Her amazing journey took her from the housing projects in the Bronx to the highest halls of justice. She didn’t have it easy. She learned early to take responsibility for herself.
What she did have was a grandmother who loved her unconditionally. She had someone, excuse the pun, who was in her court.
If you’re going to complete your book, you’re going to need at least one ally in your court as well. Someone who will believe in you and your idea when you doubt yourself. Ideally, you’ll have more than one ally.
Having help, advice, community, and support is essential if you’re going to take your book from concept to completion.
My list includes:
My writing groups (one meets every week, two others once or twice a year)
My husband (he listens to my fears and loves me through them)
My publisher (he loved my first book and has accepted my second)
My agent (she believed in my unique blend of ecology and spirituality from the start)
A handful of very good friends, some old and some new (they make me laugh and keep me honest)
A connection to spirit (which guides my writing and helps me keep the faith).
So who do you have in your court?