I’ve noticed that in past redirects to Writer Unboxed, I always use the term “honored,” as in: “I’m honored to be on WU.” And with good reason. It is an honor. I consider everything I do for WU to be an not just an honor for me, but good writerly karma. My writing life has been so blessed by everything this community has offered me over the years. I really do wonder if I’d still be writing if I hadn’t found WU. After I finished a first draft of the trilogy, and submitted it (way too early) to agents and editors for a unanimous rejection, I spent a few months thinking that was it. I gave the writing thing a shot, and it didn’t work out. I’m not sure if I could’ve lived with the regret, but that shrugging sort of attitude prevailed for a time. Then I discovered WU, and I discovered my journey wasn’t over, it was just beginning. I caught the WU wave that day, and I’m still riding it.
So with that in mind, allow me to say I am honored to redirect you to the source of my writerly wave, Writer Unboxed, for my article: Community Revisited, Watching the Ripples Roll.
[Photo by Vaughn Roycroft]
I appreciate WU. Its wonderful content is based on writers, humbled and wiser from the Journey, generously sharing with other writers. I’m grateful to benefit from their learning curve. Thanks for your role over there.
(Ugh, I did the too-early submission thang too. It was a rejection fest!)
Thanks Julie! There is something more than simple experience in the posts at WU, isn’t there? I think you nailed it–it’s based on a wisdom born of humility. Which I think springs directly from WU’s wise founders, Therese and Kath. And Therese’s spirit continues to pervade the WU experience, even for those who may not know her. It’s bigger than any one person now.
I like Cathy Yardley’s line: We all write alone, but none of us succeeds that way. (Thanks for admitting the too-early thang! I feel better. 🙂 ).
Each inspiring post you write, the warmth of the friendship you extend to your tribe, the sharing of your wisdom and talent make you a vital part of all that’s good in WU. So happy you didn’t give up! It would have been a terrible loss for those whose lives you touch. 🙂
Look forward to the read.
Thanks, D! So glad you found your way to WU! 🙂