Since graduation, and with a tinsey bit more time on my hands, I've started to make a greater effort to reach out and become involved with other writers--both in person and virtually... [*waves* to all my virtual friends!]. But this wasn't an easy decision...
I entered the virtual world of book blogging and my real life circle of writers with a fair amount of trepidation, wondering what I would find. Would I be liked? Would others scorn my efforts at writing? Would it be a cut-throat competitive world? Would people try to tear my writing down in order to bring themselves up? At the prospect of extending myself to other writers, I had so many questions, doubts and worries floating around in my head. I wasn't sure if it was a good idea... I wondered if it would be better to simply go about my writing in private, and remain disconnected from other writers.
I am SO glad I decided against that option!
After joining a writing group and becoming more involved in the book blogging world, I was met with a staggering amount of encouragement, empathy and what seemed like instant and endless support. Its incredible... like one massive cheer squad... or--as the nerd in me would prefer--one massive pep band!
Of course, I've found a few negative people amongst all the positive. But to say I'm surprised by the amount of loving support would be an understatement.
And I'm so grateful for it!
This is what we writers need... the excitement and encouragement from other writers going through the exact same thing we are. You are the best kind of support. You understand me. I understand you.
We "get" it.
So, THANK YOU, my fellow writers [and non writer supporters too, of course!], for your camaraderie and "go get 'em" attitude... for empowering me to meet my potential, and for laying a foundation of confidence for me to blast off of. Its been much needed and much appreciated as I've marched my way through this "writing journey." I truly hope that I've been just as good to you as you've been to me! We're all in this together, and I sure hope I've been that kind of friend and support you've been to me.
You're all awesome! And as editor and author Chuck Sambanchino would say: Rock on!
Or just: Write on. Which is so much better, right?!