It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Day! Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit around the group and connect with your fellow writers – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Also check out the handles @TheIWSG and #IWSG on your social media.
The co-hosts keeping us on track today are Louise – Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon! Make sure they’re part of your connecting today and tell them thank you.
Each month comes with an optional question to give you a starting point for your post. February’s question is: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?
To answer the question this month I’m afraid I must ask you to prepare yourselves. GUSHY, mushy, messy feels are headed your way. You are most definitely in the splash zone.
Making friends online is a strange, tricky, definition-defying thing. We are connected, and yet have never spoken face-to-face. We interact daily, and yet have never heard the other person’s voice. It’s an internet paradox with no end. An intangible corporeal friendship. I feel like, to be pedantic, I should put friends in quotation marks because we’re not even on the same continent in some cases. But that would be inaccurate.
Let’s just walk quietly past the irony in the situation (don’t disturb it, let it nap) and agree that although I only know these people in a digital, non-dimensional space, I still share a bond of common interests, trust, and humor with them and consider them friends. Alright? Alright.
The answer to this month’s question is yes, I have made friends and yes, blogging was the catalyst.
When it comes to book recommendations, meme sharing, and incoherent flails over TV shows like GBBO I turn to Kibby @TheDarkForestCo on Instagram. I’m ecstatic to support her nerdy merchandise and the niche fandoms she represents! I also got to mail her my used Terry Pratchett copies when I upgraded to the collector’s hardbacks which she promises and swears to read someday, and really there is no stronger indication of friendship.
Purely through WordPress and the IWSG blog hop I found Karen @TheReprobateTypewriter and I’ve come to rely on her steadfast support when it comes to comments, querying, shopping around short stories, and Cruisin’ Cadavers.
In perfect author kismet I found Jessica Renwick on Instagram and not only is she willing to shoot ideas back and forth, she doesn’t run from my romance plots in horror, and she’s a developmental editor. AMAZING. Highly recommend working with her, it was worth every penny to trust my book baby to her.
Also through the IWSG I found Louise @TheDragonspire and she is wonderful about technical questions, vivisecting plots, identifying tropes, and relating them to TV shows. Always bless this kind of breakdown, it is so useful.
And last but never least is author Raimey Gallant, who sadly had to stop hosting the Author Toolbox this year due to health but still has a literal treasure trove of Toolbox posts on her website. Marketing questions don’t scare her, go see.
It’s great that you’ve met so many people through the internet who share your interests and that you’ve forged deep friendships with them 🙂
Ronel visiting for IWSG day <a href=”https://www.ronelthemythmaker.com/the-great-pretender-iwsg/”>The Great Pretender</a>
I appreciate it on a regular basis. The online book community is wonderful.
I love that the blogging friends I make are all over the country and the globe. It’s so cool that technology makes the pool of potential friends limitless.
It is a very cool feeling, that limitless horizon 🙂
Hi, SE! Some of the best friends I have made in the blogosphere are definitely not on the same continent with me, but they are dear to my heart. I’ll mention one, Baili, who lives in Pakistan. I would never have gotten to know her otherwise, and the two of us are soulmates. I would love to meet her in person one day, but I’ll take her friendship any way I can have it. Here’s to internet friends! I love Mork btw! Wishing you lots of wonderful connections with your friends this month, corporeal or virtual!
Thank you Louise! And thanks for stopping by 🙂
Thanks for the mention <3
Glad you like my posts on writing and TV shows, I like your TV posts too, and I’m now hooked on Stranger Things xD. Some of my tutors on my MA Creative Writing course were pretty horrified by my referencing TV over books so many times 🙂
And I’m pretty sure screenwriters have to take creative writing classes? This seems like something which happens regularly. So I don’t understand the horror of translating or comparing one entertainment media to another, but hey. It could just be my addiction to Stranger Things talking. LOL
Yeah, it’s good for scriptwriters to take creative writing, my tutors even suggested I write scripts instead of fiction because of my love of TV! I much prefer to write fiction though 🙂 I think it doesn’t matter if writers study plot, character and worldbuilding from TV over books. Books are helpful to learn grammar sentence structure etc though 🙂
I’m a psychologist, so emotions don’t scare me! 😉 That’s great you have forged such deep friendships in the writing community, S.E.
I appreciate them regularly. There’s nowhere else I can so happily nerd out over books! LOL Happy IWSG day!
This caught my attention when I landed on your page– Fall in love with the unexpected. It reinforces the notion that nothing happens by chance. This week I was listening to someone talk about investing, but what he said, I translated into a broader life-philosphy. Paraphrasing him here: Plan the best you can, then enjoy the unexpected. I’ve been thinking about this ever since, and here it is again on your blog. I’ll be back! Great to meet you.
I love a good coincidence! And that sounds like a solid life philosophy to go by. Thanks for stopping by today, and I’ll hope to meet you again on another post 🙂
You’ve connected with several great people on multiple platforms. You might not meet in person, but there is still a bond.
I like to think of it that way, yes!
It’s great seeing the bloggers who you’ve really connected with. I really enjoy the friendships I’ve made over the years too.
It’s pretty awesome. And all through the power of blogging! Haha
I know what you mean–pretty much everything about my blogging community is positive (mostly–I hide under a bed for the rest). I buy a lot of books recommended by these folks because I feel like I know them.
Yes! I trust my online book community recommendations and they hardly ever let me down. It’s wonderful.
Sorry to hear about Raimey.
Nice long list you’ve got there. 😉
<a href=”http://emaginette.wordpress.com”> Anna from elements of emaginette</a>
Yes it is a shame. She’s considering starting the hop again once she feels better, but that will be a while.
The blogging world is full of great supporters for our writing and making friendships.
Mary at <a href=http://www.playoffthepage.com>Play off the Page</a>
I’ve never found anything like the writing community’s unquestioning, sincere support anywhere else. It’s truly amazing.