When thinking of what inspires me as a writer, I have to say…you guys. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really amazing people in the writing community.
I haven’t really had a lot of friends over the years. Different things have happened to prevent the normal friendships people tend to develop. I moved a ton during my childhood, so I never really made any lasting friends as a kid. I quit high-school, so that kind of knocked out the whole “college” friends thing. Haha. I was married at eighteen. Having kids by my early twenties. My husband and I had a few friends from our teen years but since we had a few screws loose during those years, once we tightened our bolts back up ,all those "friendships" fell by the wayside.
|Speaking of loose screws, I LOVE this pendant. haha|
When my kids started school, I was one of the youngest moms. On top of that, I seemed to wear a blinking neon sign that read, “DO NOT BEFRIEND.” I never fit in with the other mom’s. It’s like they took one look at me and decided I didn’t belong.
And then I pulled my kids out of school and ended up home-schooling them, which was an awesome life experience, but did nothing for the “making friends” quest. Turns out most people (especially ten/twelve years ago) home-school for religious reasons. The first thing they asked when we walked in the home-school co-op was what church we attended. I said we didn’t, and spent most of my time after that sitting in the corner with a book in my lap. I understand why though. Their friendships were easy. Most of them had known each other for years. It’s hard enough to let in someone new, without trying to befriend someone with radically different beliefs.
|A metaphor for my life. haha|
Luckily, I’m super close to my husband and kids. Mostly, they’re enough, but I have to admit things got really lonely at times. Then, about five years ago, I started writing and met some other writers. I’ve noticed that, as a whole, writers tend to be non-conformists. For the first time in my life, I found a group of people I fit in perfectly with. Hurray!! J
For reasons I’ve gone into in the past, I don’t have an in person critique group anymore. I do, however, have an amazing critique partner, Karen Denise—our entire friendship has developed online. As much as I’d love to meet her in person, it’s cool that we’ve gotten as close as we have just through emailing. I’ve also had some really awesome beta readers that I met through GUTGAA, different contests and Write On.
And I have all the awesome people who stop by and read my blog/offer words of encouragement and advice. I feel so much less alone now. I’m so glad I got on the contest circuit and started a blog. I don’t know a lot of you that well, but I love reading your blogs. I get happy when I see someone I’ve been following achieve success, and sad when they hit a roadblock. You guys inspire me to know that I can do this, because I see all of you doing it. And, what I really want is to know more about you guys. I want to connect with the world out there—this huge world that I’m lucky enough to be able to reach through a screen and touch.
|Thought this was way too perfect to not include. haha|
So, I hope you don’t mind if I ask you some questions. Don’t worry, I don’t expect you to answer all of them, I just thought it might be easier to ask some questions than to say “Hey, tell me about yourself.” haha. So, just choose whatever you want to answer. Or don’t answer any. It’s up to you. J
What made you decide to write a book? If you had realized, way back when you started, how hard this would be, do you think you’d have done it anyway? Does your biggest dream involve writing or something else? Do you find writing to be a lonely endeavor? Do you have a critique group you meet with in person and, if so, how did you guys all meet?
Like I said, feel free to answer whatever you want or just tell me something random about yourselves!!And, hey—if anyone out there is within an hour of Savannah GA, let me know. I’m down in SE Coastal GA and I would LOVE to meet some people in person.
And that’s it for today. Oh, and btw, my post was on inspiration because I like to post on the Thursday’s Children bloghop—which is all about sharing the different things that inspire us. It’s hosted by Rhiann Wynn-Nolet at NEST OF WORDS and KRISTINA PEREZ. Make sure to stop by their sites and we’d love it if more people joined in on the bloghop!!
Sorry for rambling on!! Thanks for listening and being my inspiration!