|Lindsay and Melissa...everybody say aww!|
The Best Surprise Gift Ever
I am a big fan of giving gifts, so it’s no surprise I love Christmas-time (for other reasons too, of course!). I love thinking about the perfect gift to give a friend or family member, especially when the gift is a surprise.
The look of joy on their face when they open it is priceless.
Well, this year, I received the best surprise gift ever.
And it—or rather, she—was straight from God.
I’m talking about my critique partner, Melissa Tagg.
(And no, she isn’t ghostwriting this post, LOL.)
Seriously, though, when I went looking for a CP, I wanted someone who would…well, critique my work. Help make me a better writer. Give me advice.
But in Melissa, I got so, so, SO much more.
Like someone I can email, text, tweet, or Facebook message with prayer requests. A lot.
Or who understands what I mean when I say, “This working full-time and writing thing ain’t so easy!”
Who talks me off ledges when I don’t think I can do this or when my scenes stink or when I think I’m the worst writer ever to walk the planet.
Who shares her own triumphs with me (and she’s had so many awesome ones this year!).
Who gives me godly advice.
Who will do the Charlie’s Angels pose with me in a cowgirl hat.
Who sends me awesome gifts that speak to me just when I need them to.
Who stays on the phone for three hours brainstorming MY book when she’s got her own to write.
Who sits up late with me at conferences and has a deep conversation about...life. Even though we’re both seriously tired.
Who totally and completely gets me because we’re like basically the same person.
Who I can’t imagine my writing life—or life otherwise—without, and who I hope will be my partner in crime for many, many more years to come.
So yeah, God pretty much rocks for putting Melissa in my life. She truly is one of the best gifts—and one I so didn’t expect, which makes it all the sweeter.
Your Turn: Do you have a CP or close writing friend who has been a gift? How?
Since the age of six, when she wrote the riveting tale “How to Eat Mud Pie,” Lindsay Harrel has passionately engaged the written word as a reader, writer, and editor. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and an M.A. in English. In her current day job as a curriculum editor for a local university, Lindsay helps others improve their work and hones her skills for her night job—writing inspirational contemporary fiction. Lindsay lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband of six years and two golden retriever puppies in serious need of training.
Twitter: @Lindsay Harrel: https://twitter.com/LindsayHarrel