Friday, September 3, 2010

Cyber Hugs All Around! (maybe the pink is effecting my brain)

Yes, I know. My blog is very post modern Valentine. I cannot find a layout I'm happy with. I need something more 'me.' I'm a fantasy/sci-fi girl. You'll definitely see some changes when I have the time to mess with it again.

Most of you share the common bond with me of being writers. We are all blogging and on forums, doing all we can in order to learn more about the craft and the industry of publishing. We share our joys and our woes. We ride the rollercoaster of good news/bad news from the industry professionals, and we wonder if we'll ever get our chance to ride the rails.

But we are all different. What separates us? Genre. Because of this, we have different agents we query, and different blogs and sites we frequent. Some of us are members of RWA or SFWA while others are members of CWA, MWA, ITW, or one of the YA Lit groups. Due to this, cliques are possible. People tend to gravitate towards other people with common interests.

What I love about the writing community, however, is that we don't do this. Sure, we know what our friends are up to, and that their preferences aren't like ours. But at the same time we recognize we are all in this shaky boat together, and we are there to help each other succeed in any way we can.

We don't break down to competitiveness or pettiness. We are competing against each other for a coveted slot with an agent, but instead of tripping each other or putting gum in their hair, we cheer each other on. We're so past high school crap, and that rocks.

I love us. Seriously, I'm so proud. It almost puts a dent in my eternal cynicism. Almost.

So, what groups are you all in? Where do you spend most of your time online?


Anonymous said...

I totally agree about the sense of camaraderie found in the writing community, and the blogosphere in particular.

I write fantasy (and also love science fiction), but like you, I've found that writers in general are awesome to hang with, regardless of genre.

vic caswell said...

i love the writerly blogging community! i think everyone is brilliant!
i spend most my time online just trying to keep up with all the blogs on my blogrolly thingy...

Anonymous said...

I love this post! I still can't get over how supportive the online writing community is. You're so right that we just rise above "the high school crap" and allow each other to be who we are and just respect each other and encourage each other in doing so. It seems so hard to find that in the real world.

I still don't know what genre I am. I guess it's more romance... but it's not really romance... more like, uh, hearbreaking? Is there a heartbreak genre?! :oD

Unknown said...

I've never put gum in anyone's hair. Nope. Not me. Ever. Stop looking at me like that!

Writers are amazing, pretty much. I'm with SCBWI and YALitChat, and those communities are beyond fabulous, but I've received support and love from writers all over the map :)

RE: Not being able to find the link for my blogfest - if you still can't see it at the bottom, just let me know and I'll add your name for you :D

Hannah said...

I'm mostly here catching everyone in the blogosphere. I try not to spend too much time online and more time writing so I value the time I do get to spend with everyone here.

I'm glad you're back!

Elena Solodow said...

Nice sentiments! However, I would like to see what a fight between YA authors and say, the Contemporary Romance would look like.

Jemi Fraser said...

Totally and completely agree! :)

Anne Gallagher said...

Love the new look. Don't change it. I know you and black doesn't really fit your personality.

Hear hear to getting out of high school!

Talk at you soon.

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss christi! yikes PINK! its sooooo girly. ha ha. its ok cause youre a girl. i like what you said on this post. im just a beginner for writing and got so much writer friends that give me so much help and make me want to keep trying. on my blog i got a writers oath and on number part of the oath says i promise to nurture the writing of others. lots of people did the oath with me. i think thats whats so cool about being friends with writers cause they do that. i hope youre having a real fun weekend.
...smiles from lenny

Alleged Author said...

Love the pink...which is so unlike me. But then I am reading chick-lit lately...hmm. I agree that I love the writing/blogging community. Yes, we do compete for the same spots, but it don't feel like a competition. I've never met so many happy people!
I'm joining a few groups, and we will see what happens with them!

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