Writing is Not a Solitary Activity

May 17, 2012

I'm really late in the game on this, but I LOVE the Random Acts of Kindness blitz from The Bookshelf Muse. I've come to realize that writing is very much not a solitary activity. At least, good writing isn't. We all need the support, critiques, guidance, and motivational kicks-in-the-pants that come from those around us. I wanted to say thank you to a few people who have been a particular help. My amazing critique group: Chersti, Rachel, Karen (not pictured because she sadly lives away from us now), Kevin, his wife Deborah, and Joel!


I've been a part of the group for over 2 years now. My writing has improved immensely with their help. Not only that, but it's wonderful to have people to rely on when the days are tough and to celebrate with you when the days are great. They are amazing friends as well as fab critique partners!

I'm also feeling grateful for all of you-- my blogging buddies. I have felt so much support and kindness from all of you over the last few years that I really feel like part of a community. You are all amazing! I'll be holding a giveaway in the next few weeks just to say THANK YOU.

So, my friends, thanks for being my friends!

16 comments:

Shelly said...

That was a nice post. I love my critters, too.

Shelly
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Janet Johnson said...

I love seeing the picture of your critique group. I'm currently living away from mine, but will soon rectify that. They really do help us so much!

Leslie Pugh said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my new blog. I was kind of amazed to see comments! Anyway, I agree that this writing world is amazingly supportive. Had I known what great people and friends writers are, I would have probably stepped into the writing world sooner. So it's nice to find your blog, too and get to know you better!

Randy said...

Let's hear it for all the wonderful people that support us in our writing efforts.

Hip - hip - hooray.

The Golden Eagle said...

Wonderful RAOK post! :)

Emy Shin said...

This is such a lovely post. I agree that the writing/blogging group is such a supportive place to be, full of amazing people just like your critters. (And it's awesome that most of you live so close together.)

Lynda R Young said...

I was going to say it's amazing how many critique partners have been mentioned in this RAOK event... but it's not that surprising really. Good critique partners are invaluable.

Deana said...

That is so cool that you have a group you can meet with in person on a regular basis. And so sweet that you acknowledged how awesome they are:)

Jessie Humphries said...

Wow, you have a huge crit group! I love Utah for that. You guys are lucky.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I think this RAOK is just for the crit partners, but then the CP's are invaluable and worth their weight in gold.

Tanya Reimer said...

Looks like a fun group! What we learn from other writers is what makes us grow. I couldn't agree more.

i'm erin. said...

OH, Im glad to see your group! They look and sound awesome. I love my group. Most of us have been together for 3 years.

So how's it going in Orem? WE need to get together.

Meredith said...

Yay for the writing community! This whole business is so much more fun because of it.

Ruth Josse said...

Yay for crit partners and yay for you, Shallee! I feel a bit proud that I even know how to say your name correctly. :)

Chersti Nieveen said...

Awww... thanks! Seriously, our critique group is just awesome. We've all grown so much!

DL Hammons said...

Unfortunately my critique group is strictly on-line. :(

Nice post!

 
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