Writing Heroes

I love reading other writing blogs – I love to see people’s different opinions and suggestions, I love to hear about their struggles and their successes. I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a loner, I prefer a good book to a large party, so all the blogs I follow make me feel like I’m part of a group. And when I read about someone feeling unmotivated or discouraged, I know I’m not alone on this journey.

I’m just starting out with networking and making connections and relationships, but I’ve been following a lot of these blogs a long time as a lurker. So when one of those people has a success, I cheer for them. And even more, I’m inspired by them. Especially when I know the struggle they’ve had, when I know that I’m in the same place they were before their success happened.

I can think of several people who’ve recently had successes – be it agent representation, a book deal, or publication, and the outpouring of support from this writing community always amazes me. They may be strangers, may never know more of you than a blog post or a tweet, but they’re there, cheering you on. And that makes me happy. There are too many places in life where people are more than willing to tear you down rather than lift you up – that shun you if you haven’t reached a certain level or benchmark. But I can honestly say that this community isn’t one of them. I feel really privileged to be a part of it, and am honored to share their journeys.

There are a lot of people out there who haven’t made it, might never to be honest (I could be among that group myself!), but they keep plugging away, getting better at their craft and learning as much as they can. There are those who will make it, will be successful in whatever way they define success. But who ever you are, where ever you are on that road to….publication? agented? finishing your first novel? revising? know that all of you are my heroes. You keep me engaged and enthralled with this community and I’m with you this entire crazy ride!

So who are some of your writing heroes? Who are the people who inspire you to keep writing or to take that next step?


  1. I admire anyone who's finished a book. Anyone who's querried agents. Anyone who's succeeded in finding an agent and anyone who's managed to get that exra mile and be published. It's a hard hard publishing industry out there. I admire anyone who's willing to stick with it. It can be done.

  2. I enjoy having other people achieve success around me. It proved a reminder that it is possible if I keep working at it. Sometimes, it's easy to let life take over. I have two step-children, I'm self-employed, and one of my kids has Asperger's. We have 7 cats, a dog, and a house under renovations. It's really easy to put aside my fiction and not work on it.

    Having other people continuing to write and submit reminds me that I have to keep up with it, too.


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  3. Query Girl: I admit there are days I think I should just give up, so I totally agree with admiring anyone who can stick with it!

    Krista: You already know you're one of my writing heroes 🙂 And I promise – I am getting new stuff up by the end of the month!

  4. Awww

    The key is to keep going at it. I'm still learning it all myself. I've been fortune in my acceptances and freelance work, I admit. However, I wouldn't have been able to test my luck if I never finished anything!

  5. I was a lurker here myself once… 😉

    I'm not the most outgoing person, but social networking via blogger has been really good for me, has introduced me to so many inspirational folks, so I probably understand this post better than you think.

    Thanks for sharing so much about yourself.

  6. I'm inspired by the writers of blogs I follow that are, have, beeing agented/published. I think just being in a community of people who share a love of writing is a reward in itself sometimes. 🙂

  7. I love lurkers, Tere! I love them more when they come out and comment 🙂

    Lindsay – I agree completely – just being around other people who love words like I do makes a huge difference in my life!

  8. I find it helpful to follow folks on social networking that are both less published, the same, and much more advanced than me with regards to the publisher world. By following all kinds of people in the publishing world, I can not only learn but I can also help teach. And, by teaching, I continue to learn.

  9. That's a great way to think of it, Krista! I never want to stop learning in this field, there's always something you can improve in. And something that you excel in that you can share. Great point!