I think it’s not a secret I love The Mortal Instruments by Cassie Clare.
Yesterday I was thinking about the amazing bond one shadow hunter has with his parabatai. That made me think about parabatai in life not only in fiction. Specifically in writing.
First for those who haven’t read The mortal Instruments (you really should) and doesn't know what a parabatai is, here’s the definition from the shadowhunters’ wiki:
Parabatai is a pair of Nephilim warriors who fight together and are closer than siblings, regardless of their gender. They are partners who would lay down their life for the other. Being ones' parabatai is not merely a matter of promising to guard each other. The pair must stand before the Council and swear an oath to lay down their lives for each other.
Not all Shadowhunters are required to have parabatai though, and it is actually less common to have them.
Parabatai share each other's powers and can feel a strong connection between them. They also share a part of their strength with each other.
Now after all the definition I’ll share with you what I thought.
Parabatai in writing are those people who share a strange connection in their writing and thoughts, that complement each other strengths and weaknesses. A parabatai is someone who will help you and want to make your writing better every day. That will cheer you up all along the way.
You might say but that’s what CP’s do. Of course CP’s do all that, I know I have awesome CP’s myself that I love so dearly that I could cry for days if I lose them. But I’m talking about a deeper connection, a connection with a person that’ll understand as if it were you, your writing and your feelings.
I’m proud to say I have my writing parabatai in Stacey Nash, she’s my soul sister and I’d do anything for her.
Now is your turn, do you have a writing parabatai?