The Best Thing About Being a Writer

You know, since I came up with this topic, the best thing has changed for me about a half dozen times. When I first thought about it, I was thinking I loved the ideas part, the brainstorming, the thrill of the new story, of new love. I love that part.

There's also the excitement of sending something out, with the hope of hearing good news. There's the thrill of validation when you final in a contest. There's the HOPE that one day, it's all going to change.

Then, last weekend, I got to spend hours TALKING about writing. Have you ever just needed that? Talking to people who are like you? I mean, we do it a lot here, and I do it a lot in email groups and such, but it's different in real time. You can share enthusiasm and frustrations so much more clearly. I look forward to more of that today as Trish and I hit the mission trail!

This week, though, the best thing about being a writer is other writers. You guys and the Wet Noodle Posse have been AWESOME this week helping me with Don't Look Back. Trish Morey had a great suggestion, and I'm going to work it through over the next few days and see what comes. I've learned so much from Dee, from Robyn, from Mary Beth, from everybody who's chimed in. Guys, I've been teaching for 17 years and I've never had such support as I do in the writing community. You rock!

Trish and I stayed up till 1 AM watching Kate and Leopold, and today we're going to breakfast and sightseeing (this is a treat for me because I haven't been to the missions in years.) The funny thing we discovered today - we both have the same pajamas!

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Toni Anderson said...

That is too funny! Good luck with the story changes!

Best thing...letting my imagination go nuts and really finding an outlet for the images inside my head. And trying to write something I like! I enjoy the challenge of trying to please me first--others next.

Nikki said...

I did that on Sunday - just spent about three hours talking about writing -- and you're right - you need that sometimes!!!

Stacy Dawn said...

What a wonderful thing to be able to do. Enjoy yourself. Guess what? I'm watching Kate and Leopold as I type this in LOL.

Anonymous said...

I love that movie :) I watch it on dvd often!

Diane Gaston said...

What I treasure most about this new life of mine as a writer, is the friends I have found. My life has been so enriched because of my writing friends.
Hugs to you all!

Shesawriter said...

You guys are having too much fun. Get back to work! ;-)

MJFredrick said...

Yes, Toni, I agree on letting the imagination going nuts!

Nikki, I'm glad you know what I'm talking about! Would you believe Trish and I haven't talked writing but maybe 20% of the time? There's so much OTHER stuff!

Diane, I think we're really blessed in our friendships. It makes every success all the sweeter and all the pitfalls less frightening.

I actually don't like Kate and Leopold. I thought the ending was a letdown, and he just wasn't as cute as he is in other movies.


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