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?