Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

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Christine Rains


What is your favorite aspect of writing?

For once there is no short answer. ;-) How can there be when writing is such a huge part of my life? I've thought about this question a lot and I keep coming back to one answer--other writers. Not storytelling--which is a major love of mine--or sharing my words with others. No, my favorite thing is other writers. Those people who get this craving that has so fulfilled my life. I can't tell you how much the people at the Books and Writers Forum mean to me. Or how important the Women's Fiction Writers Association is.

But when I get to the heart of it, I have to come home to the group who supports me, loves my stories, and can be most instructive with their critiques. These are the people who I turn to when the story goes awry. When I can't find words. When I need to cry over the darlings I've had to murder. They are also the people who planned for a year and a half to converge from all over the world at the Surrey International Writers Conference two weeks ago. Even though, three of our group couldn't make it, we kept in touch with them via Facebook. One sent a care box all the way from Australia full of Tim Tams and personalized notes and selections from our writing. There are no words that can express what these friends mean to me. They keep me writing. They keep me honest. And most of all, they are fabulous people who tell amazing stories.

Go, SOC, Go!

Next Week: The first of two November Book Reviews!

20 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had such a good time at SIWC. I agree: the company and support of other writers offers a huge boost of writing fuel. Wishing you happy writing in November.

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    1. I loved getting to know you at the WFWA retreat, Rhonda! Consider yourself part of my "fuel."

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  2. What a GREAT reason for writing! So glad that you have such a wonderful bunch who support you in your trade. I've found the Florida Writer's Association to be that way for me https://floridawriters.net/ Now I'm going to go check on some of those links you gave us!

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    1. Enjoy! There's so many great groups out there! I just highlighted the ones I belong to.

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  3. It's wonderful when you find a good community of writers!

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    1. I know! And I have 3 such communities. I have an embarrassment of riches and feel really blessed.

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  4. You have an awesome group of supporters there if they are willing to go that distance to help each other!

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    1. Yes, we are assume friends, writing cheerleaders, and critique partners. I love my groups!

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  5. Great picture! You said a mouthful!

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    1. I loved seeing you again! Writing friends are a must!

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  6. Oh how I long for a writing group again. When my writing studio -- Rabbit Hill -- disbanded, it was a sad sad day. Good luck and may your group write on and on and on....

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    1. Thanks! And may you find another group, P. J.

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  7. Love the pic! And, I agree 100% about connecting with other writers. There is nothing like it.

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    1. You're part of the group I depend on, Rose!

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  8. Other writers always enrich my life. I didn't expect that when I started writing for publication, but it has been one of the best perks this business has to offer.

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    1. Absolutely! It's a perk that never stops giving.

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  9. What a great group! There's nothing like the camaraderie of fellow writers.

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    1. I agree! I can't imagine doing this by myself.

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  10. Aww, I like your answer a lot :-) I didn't get a chance to answer this one, since I'd scheduled posts before I learned the question. While in the middle of NaNoWriMo, I probably would have talked about the high of a first draft, that excitement of discovering new characters and what they want and where they're going...

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