Usually when I say “Thank you for sharing!” I’m being sarcastic. Just ask my kids. But I actually knew a woman who could say it with a straight face, and mean it. She was nicer than me.
The truth is, however, that I do love sharing. And since I’ve seen several communal/collaborative posts this week in the blogdom, I thought I’d point you toward some opportunities to join the writing conversation.
First, I’ve mentioned it before, but issue number 1 of The Enchanted conversation is live, and is quite delightful. Check it out! Also, they are now accepting submissions for issue number 2, with a Beauty and the Beast theme. If you’re a fairy tale geek as well as a writer, check out their submission guidelines and see if you have something to contribute. PLEASE read their submission guidelines before you flood their inbox–they have very specific requirements, and if you don’t comply with their guidelines you’re wasting your time, and theirs! Just because it’s an e-publication doesn’t mean it’s a free for all.
Next, you have an opportunity to share your thoughts on what you’re reading with the wider blog community at The Elephant’s Bookshelf blog. Go and see if you have something to contribute.
My good friend Cat Woods has asked this week, what is community? And has gotten some very interesting responses in her comments. I love Cat’s blog because she asks thought-provoking questions, and then as people comment she responds to everyone, so she really does get conversations started. Awesome!
And finally, Cassandra Jade is asking for contributions to her blog on the topic of “What is the most important element of a novel to you and why?” Once again, please make sure you read her procedure and follow it when you contribute, to make life easier for everyone!
I am so happy to have discovered so many writers sharing the writing journey via the internet–what an amazing tool. It helps me to feel less isolated while I’m working so hard on something that doesn’t have a guaranteed outcome. Don’t get me wrong, I write because I love it, and because when I don’t write I feel less sane. But it’s nice to have others who are doing what I’m doing, who understand the need, who can share ideas and support . . . perfect for someone like me who really prefers to be alone most of the time, but hates feeling cut off from the world. Oh internet, long may you ride the wind. (Or whatever it is you ride–technology, not really my thing.)
And if you join the dialogue, I promise I won’t make sarcastic comments at your expense.