Wednesday, January 5, 2011

In Which I Gush Over You

I love you guys.  No, seriously, I do.  I started writing my novel over a year ago, but only just started blogging this past September.  I never thought blogging would be like this.  I never thought there would be such a tight community of writers, authors, aspiring authors, editors, illustrators etc. out there.  I thought, Oh we write our blogs, read others' and get info yadda yadda.  But what I didn't expect, was to actually make friends.  I have a connection with each and every one of you- I feel like I know you.  Not only do we exchange information, but we understand each other.  We know what we're going through and the support and love we get from each other is amazing! 

I love that my husband supports me, and I love that my family and friends are excited I'm actually writing a book.  But there's something different to be said about the people actually going through the same thing you are.  Those raw emotions we get when interacting with our characters, pulling our hair out together and jumping for joy together because we KNOW what it's like.  We're going through that too. 

In just 4 short months, I've made some friends I know I'll keep for a long time- best friends, even.  We pour our hearts out to each other 3 days a week (many of you 5 or 7!!), and we know we are there to lend an ear (okay, most of the time an eye), say something encouraging, a shoulder to cry on (again, mostly just an email), and never-ending enthusiasm for days. 

So, I want to say thanks to my family and friends who put up with my agonizing, whining and complaining, and a special thank you to my writing friends- all of you.  I honestly don't think I could do it without the support and encouragement from you all and the endless energy in which you approach writing and blogging.  You don't just put up with me- you are right there with me, experiencing the same things I am going through, feeling the same way I feel, and knowing we aren't alone in this crazy world of writing.

Here's to a new year of getting to know you more, and meeting new and interesting people (and writing of course!)!

16 comments:

Kelly Dexter said...

Well said! The online writing community is such an open and supportive place. I didn't expect to find so many fantastic people willing to go above and beyond the regular posting of and commenting on blogs.

Let's hope 2011 brings great things for all of us!

Demitria said...

I'm a new(ish) blogger too, and I completely share your opinion. I'm not sure what I expected, but blogging has been a great experience for me and I look forward to connecting with more people in the future. It's a wonderful tool for writers.

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Colene Murphy said...

Lovely! And so true. Some seriously awesome people on this thing. Made some great friends and always look forward to opening my email.

Happy New Year to you!

Pk Hrezo said...

I agree! You and I've been blogging about the same time. There are so many wonderful supporters out here--to know you're not alone in what we go thru. It's so amazing!!

Looking forward to more of your posts in the new year. Happy writing!

Meredith said...

Such a happy post! I'll toast to that :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Excellent post! I was amazed by the blogger support as well. Glad you're with us, Abby.

Jennie Bailey said...

It's so nice to be on this journey together! I love how supportive the community is. It has enhanced the writing experience for me. So fun to watch you reach your goals!!

Donea Lee said...

I 100% agree! SO happy to have found this wonderful community of writers and so looking forward to spending another great year with all of my blogging friends - you, especially included, of course! :)

Carol Riggs said...

Great sentiments! I know, the writerly community is so friendly and supportive, I love it. It's good we can make cyberfriends who really understand us. ;)

Shayda Bakhshi said...

Aww, this is an awesome post. :)

The online writing community (particularly the YA/MG writing community) is so supportive and giving. I didn't really jump in until this past summer, but it's been wonderful, like you said, having all this support.

Emy Shin said...

Lovely post. I feel the same way; the writing community is so incredibly supportive. I've created so many friends here, and it's great to interact with others who "get" the wonderful thing that is writing.

erica and christy said...

Totally. I agree 100 percent. Thanks for your posts. It is very nice to know we're not alone in this writing thing and to have each other to vent to, share info with, (and hopefully celebrate with one day)! christy

Melissa said...

I agree with you for sure. this community is absolutely AMAZING! So glad I get to meet such awesome people!

I love you too Abby! Especially because you showed me How I met your mother. No, I'm just kidding. You are awesome for SO many other reasons.

Jen Daiker said...

I am with you 100% I adore finding new bloggers and new writers. It's an amazing feeling to have the backing of all these wonderful people. It's weird to know I've only known them for a year because it feels like so much longer! I can't believe I've only known you since September! I already love you!!

Library Gal said...

Abby, you are the sweetest ever!

alexia said...

Well put! I know just what you mean... the writerly folk are an awesome community! I don't think other groups are as friendly. Like you said, I think its because of our common vision and trials and tribulations.