Thursday, June 10, 2010

Friends for the Journey

Today's one liner: Writing is not meant to be a solitary journey, so make sure you pack a lot of friends.

Who do you need to email right now and tell them how glad you are that you're on the same path? Do it. I will be.

53 comments:

Kay said...

I am just starting on this journey and feel very solitary. From reading different author blogs, I've noticed that many have critique groups or other writers that they work with. How do you find like-minded writers and get started in such a group?

Lisa and Laura said...

All I have to say is THANK GOD you found our sorry ass query in the QueryTracker forums over a year ago. XOXO

Kay - I firmly believe that you get what you give within the writing community. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Visit writing forums, share a little bit of your work and provide feedback to others and soon you'll find yourself an unbelievable support group.

Christine Danek said...

I'm glad I have found blogging. Although addicting and a time sucker. It helps to have the support from all the other writers out there (including you Elana and Lisa and Laura). I definately will be emailing my CPs today at some point (probably tomorrow) Kelly, Jen, Crystal and SUmmer. Because they know how to keep me going.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Not only is my journey not solitary, I might be emailing until next Thursday because my list is so long. I feel very grateful for that and I am eager to move along in my story and give everyone something to be excited about.

JustineDell said...

My beta, she's the bestest! I tell her that every day!

~JD

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm grateful to my critique partners, SCBWI friends, and all my blogging friends, including you, who inspire me to keep plugging along.

Connie said...

I have a wonderful husband who encourages me all the time. And I have a writing buddy who listens to all my neurotic ramblings, worries, etc. (thus sparing my husband).

Kenda said...

Writing group, blogging friends, husband, my daughter who is just discovering she loves writing, too...I am thankful for all the support I have. You're right--I need to thank them! Thanks for the reminder, Elana :-)

Aubrie said...

That's the best part about this journey! It's the people I meet along the way. :)

Candyland said...

You.
xoxo

Jen said...

Since I'm currently working on Project Jen I should add this to the list!! Thanks!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Actually, you - because I have a promo idea for you.

Elana Johnson said...

Lisa and Laura -- I'm grateful everyday that you joined QTF. :)

Jonathon -- I'll be emailing until next Thursday too!

Candyland - *hugs*

L. Diane -- oooh, I hope you're emailing me!

Everyone -- my journey would be so lifeless without all of you. *cue sappy music*

paulgreci said...

You are one of those people!

Heather Kelly said...

I'm chatting in Tina's Practice Room as we speak with some of the friends that keep me writing on a daily basis! Thanks, Elana for all the support you've given me and so many others!!

Kay--I hope you find friends, feel free to join us in the Practice Room for instant writer comradeship! (is that a word?) Everyone is welcome! http://tinalaurellee2.blogspot.com/
Elana, I hope you don't mind that bit of plugging for T's blog--it's just sooo good. To be able to talk with people about writing in real time on a daily basis...

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love these one liners. :D

Yeah, I yap with my online writer friends almost 18/7. They're my life line.

Stephanie Thornton said...

These one liners all week have been awesome- great little reminders!

Christine Fonseca said...

You are top on the list...followed by many others!

Melissa said...

I think the blogging community is a great way to get connected and get more involved and GET people who give you support. I'm really appreciating everyone on the blogosphere.

And then there's my day to day life, you know the one away from the computer screen. (yeah I forget about it sometimes too.) I can't ever thank my mom or best friend enough for their encouragement. And I have other friends too that are all so much more supportive than I thought they would be. My whole family is behind me. And on days when I feel i should quit? They are invaluable.

lynnrush said...

Nicely said, Elana.
I have a couple people I'll be emailing right after this.

It's so important to stay in touch with friends, both writing and non-writing. But writing can be so lonely if you let it, right?

It's a crazy journey and I'm so blessed to have several people I get to share it with!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

I'm so sentimental and sappy that I think my email list of people already know because I told them yesterday...or this morning, or on the phone. So on with my routine, and thank you Elana for sharing your journey I always look forward to your posts and the interview was fab yesterday :D

Jennie Englund said...

This is a lovely gratitude post!

Oh my gosh, I have a dream writing group. We laugh, we work, we laugh, we drink fancy frozen coffee things, we laugh, we hang out with our kids at the pool in the summer.

These girls are magic.

"I'm worn out," I told them last week. "I'm at a whole new frustration level."

They didn't try to cheer me up. They just nodded and sipped the fancy coffee drinks. "Hang in there," they said.

And I did. And I just got some really amazing news.

Krista said...

My writing friends are my lifeline! I get them, they get me, and I don't even know where I would be in my writing without them. (I'm picturing a withered up plant sitting at my laptop.)

Lydia Kang said...

I tell them as often as I can how grateful I am for my support group. And that include you, Elana! THANK YOU!!!!!

Renae said...

I tell my beta readers every chance I get! Then of course there is the Query Tracker Forum which includes you, Elana of course! And this awesome blogging community! I can't believe I was so terrified to start a blog!

Lisa_Gibson said...

So important! What a great reminder Elana. I'm off to email some friends. Thanks! :)

Jill Kemerer said...

What a great quote. It's true. I can't imagine getting through this without my writer friends. Thanks, Elana.

Tere Kirkland said...

Well, since you're right here, Elana...

Thanks! You've been a big help since I posted my first query on the QT forum. I never would have made it as far as I have without the help of my amazing crit partners.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love this, Elana! And I am going to take your advice - off to email! :-)

Corey Schwartz said...

With lines like that, no need to ever do a full post :)

AWESOME!

Kimber said...

I tend to feel very alone in this journey as well, Kay. But I have to admit that it is my own fault. I tend to be a blog lurker. I love to read other people's blogs, but rarely comment for fear my utter goofiness will shine through. Hopefully, I will find my courage and jump into this wonderful community of writers.

Sara B. Larson said...

So true! Thank YOU Elana for being such a great friend in the writing community to me. And everyone else who is so supportive and friendly. It really does make such a difference. :-)

Jen said...

The book signing takes place in Houston, Texas at an adorable bookshop called The Blue Willow Bookshop!!! I'm so excited!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can think of a few.

lisanowak said...

My life has totally changed since I started hanging out with other writers. I can't say enough about how they love and respect me.

Robin McCormack said...

My wonderful husband whom I thank all the time. I know a few people who I should thank - online friends that even though we haven't meet in person, have become good friends. Would it sound hokey to say you and Susan and Christine and Lisa etc also keep me going. You all are always very supportive. Thanks!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh! Good idea. I'm off to e-mail someone special right now!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

I already email you more than I probably should, but dude, you are SUCH a huge help and inspiration. I hope you know that.

Off to email a couple others. :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

If I didn't have my family and people like you to connect with, I'd have become a crazy hermit long ago!

Janet Johnson said...

Good reminder! I started off being the hermit . . . keeping those writerly tendencies to myself, but company is so much better!

Karen Lange said...

Hmm, yes, I need to do this, thanks:)

Stacy said...

I need to say thanks to my husband who's been there since the beginning (even through the solitary part). And thanks to my writer friends I've met at conferences, and a HUGE thank-you to my crit group. You four are awesome and have helped me improve ten-fold!

Kathryn said...

True dat. I have to email my best friend who read my ms, told me what sucked, told me to then suck it up and make it better. I'd be a mess on the floor with an empty white zinfindel bottle next to me otherwise.

Also, my husband who is way too honest with me (but I need that sometimes) and my sister who sighs every time I text her (I'm sure) but then virtually pats me on the back and tells me to get back to wokr.

Kathryn said...

Oh, she also tell me to get back to work*. Wokr is something I do without needing her to crack the whips. ;)

Jackee said...

Good one! I love that writers are not as competitive as other disciplines I've been involved in. So many really care about books and authors and The Journey.

Now I'm off to leave my CP a note... among other writing friends... :o)

lbdiamond said...

It takes a village to raise a child and it takes an army to write a novel. ;)

Palindrome said...

But the price for carry-ons is so 'spensive nowadays! *whine*

alright, fine! But only because I can't do it without them.

Jemi Fraser said...

My crit buddies - simply the best :)

Carolyn V. said...

Aw! That's so true! =)

Jojomama said...

All my "Cubies" in Writers Cubed. LOOOVE them.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Today, I bought a journal for a friend who is about to begin her writing journey...She is a Croatian (sp?) immigrant with an amazing sense of humor and great imagination...I'm so excited to be part of her journey. :)

Kazzy said...

I am only a writer here on my blog. It is a bit lonely, but then there is the sociality on the other end.

prashant said...

she's the bestest! I tell her that every day!
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