Monday, January 31, 2011

Pay It Forward

Shelli at Market My Words is having a Pay It Forward contest today! She is encouraging writers to acknowledge the writers that help them in their writer's journey. I'm more than happy to participate. I have found this writing community so supportive, and I have learned so much from so many of you.

So today I want to give a hug and a shout out to a select few who really make my writing adventure worthwhile.

Anita Laydon Miller - I can't remember how I found Anita's blog, but once I started following her, I found her posts to be so intelligent and funny, and now I consider her a good friend. Anita shares book reviews, funny anecdotes, her MFA journey, and more on her blog. She is represented by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency. Anita critiques my writing, leaves sarcastic comments, and brightens my day. Thank you, Anita!


Sharon Mayhew - Sharon is my behind the scenes cheerleader. I think we met during Mother Reader's Comment Challenge last year. Sharon is so generous with sharing writing information with her fellow writers through emails or on her blog. She was my first Skype partner. She sends me encouraging emails, helps critique my writing, and one day we are sure to meet in person as she lives one state away. Thank you, Sharon!

Tina Laurel Lee (along with Jon, Heather, Marisa and company at The Practice Room) - Tina created The Practice Room for writers to spend an hour writing and reconvene in a chat room to talk about what was accomplished. I love it! Not only does it help me set a goal for the day, but I love the support (and giggles) I get in the chat room. Check The Practice Room out sometime. It's a treat! Not only is she the boss lady at TPR, but she did a fab critique for me on my latest middle grade. Thank you, Tina!

There are so many more people that have helped me with their writing tips, encouragement, comments, prizes. I could seriously list 100. Who gives out more advice than Elana? Who has awesome agent contests but Shelli? Who gives out more books than anyone I know plus makes cool vlogs but Carol? Not to mention the WriteOnCon ladies who set up such informative chats and conferences. Angela at The Bookshelf Muse gives us a handy thesaurus. Casey at Literary Rambles makes it so much easier to research agents. Lola and Candyland share my love of rock 'n' roll (and now Candace has an agent! Woo Hoo!). Suzanne gives us a question each day to think about. There are my first friends in the blogging world: Rena, Kim, Sam, Christy. My best friend, Becky, who shares my love of writing, plus takes me to her lakehouse for writing retreats. My local critique group (Ann, Cathy, Angela) and Mark One Page At A Time online group (Hema, Sharon, Yaya, Laura ). I want to list so many more, but if you stopped by today to read this, please know that I am thankful for you. I sincerely am.

Yes, as goofy as it is, I found that you can develop true friendship on the internet. My blogger/writer friends ROCK!

Who helps you on your writing journey? Look for other Pay It Forward posts by other writers all week long!

35 comments:

DEZMOND said...

cheers for blogging friends!

Laura Pauling said...

I agree that real friendships can develop online as we get to know one another over time! What a great list of bloggers!

Kelly said...

Dezz- And thank you for the entertaining Hollywood rundowns! Love it!
Laura - Yes, it's crazy how you can get to know each other without actually meeting them. Thank you, Laura, for your informative posts!!

Bish Denham said...

Nice acknowledgements Kelly! I've been delightfully surprised myself by the friendships that have developed in the blog-o-sphere.

Anita said...

Oh! You are so sweet (not being sarcastic there)! I'll be talking to the kids at home and I'll say, "My friend Kelly blah, blah, blah." So funny, since we've never met in person! Thank you for being my blog friend!!!

Kelly said...

Bish - I agree. People are so supportive of one another!
Anita - I should have written sarcastic or sincere comments! :) But you make me laugh. I'm glad we are blog friends!

Her highness, Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Aw, man! I wish I came to your blog earlier! What a great idea! There are so many people who have helped me – including you (and thanks, you made my day!) I'll write my own Pay it Forward on Wednesday!I don't need to win a contest.

Justine Dell said...

Wow, a lot of people have helped you in your journey. It's wonderful to have meet such wonderful friends!

~JD

Lola Sharp said...

Awwww...I love this post and all posts like them. Because kindness and love matters, and expressing it and spreading it around is warm sunshine on winter's day. ☼ You've made the world a little brighter today.

☼‿☼

I AGREE! Blog friends are real...and they're spectacular! If by 'goofy' you mean delightful, then yes, let's all be goofy.
We are so freaking blessed to be writers in this modern technology era.

Thank you for the shout out, to me and to all the other spectacular bloggy, writer friends who share and delight.

I save my list for a post of my own...but thank you for being you...for being.

Love,
Lola

Jonathon Arntson said...

HOLY LINKAGE! That must have taken forever.

Anywho, what a lovely post. I agree on all of the ones I know and will come back to click on those I do not. Have a good day, Kelly! I have a few pages to go to finish a certain something.

Kelly said...

Sam - Yes, contest or not, it's fun to hug your blog friends! :) I remember Maverick when he was a wee alligator boy...
Justine - Yes, this writing/blogging community is awesome. So encouraging and supportive!
Lola - I think my hubby thinks I'm nuts if I talk about my "internet friends". I think you need to experience the support and friendship like we all do, to really get it!
Jon - Ahhh, yes.... I will be doing the same today!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I agree with you -- I've made some amazing friendships through blogging. This is a great community.

Candyland said...

Aw thanks Kel! We shall rock TOGETHER someday!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're right - this community rocks!

Lydia K said...

Hooray for my blogging buddies. They are awesome and the most supportive community ever!

Beth said...

I love finding new blogs to follow. Can't wait to check out some of these!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

What a great post and a lovely contest!! Can't wait to check out the blogs:)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

wow - this is awesome....

Kelly said...

Sherrie - It certainly makes writing a much less solitary experience!!
Candace - Oh yes we will!
Alex - Totally!
Lydia - Writers are awesome!
Beth and Lindsay - They are good people!
Shelli - Thanks for the great idea (and contest!).

C.R. Evers said...

You are such a sweetheart!!!! ((((hugs))))) Thanks for mentioning me. That gives me warm fuzzies. :0D

It really does make a difference when you have friends standing behind you, teaching you or just cheering you on.

Great post! Good luck with the pitch contest.

Missed Periods said...

I know what you mean. When I started blogging, I was completely unaware of what a supportive blogging community existed.

Katie Mills said...

awe, what a great post! Those are some awesome ladies and we're all lucky to have them! Feelin the bloggin Loooovve:)

Hema P. said...

Thank you Kelly, for doing this post! Even though we know who we're thankful for, it's sometimes good to sit down and take some time to think about it. I am so thankful for all the positive energy I get from the writing community (real cp and from blogosphere)... Thank you for being one of those dear friends for me!!

Madeleine said...

Yay! Thanks for the links :O)

Carolyn Abiad said...

What a great idea! Can't wait to visit some of these blogs and thanks for helping me out with my query on Matt's site! :)

Tina Laurel Lee said...

What a great idea for a blogfest! Thanks to Shelli.

And thanks to you for the mention of the practice room. The community there IS top notch. You help make it great. Someday TPR IRL!

I totally agree the internet is great for making friends. It is surprising, lovely and exactly what us introverted writer folk need. You can tell so much by how a person blogs. And you my dear are one of the loveliest most genuine people out there. You have a real integrity and caring for others. Thanks for being a friend!

And it was totally my honor to read your book. Thanks for letting me! I'm so excited for it!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing about all the great people out there. Good luck with the contest if you're entering.

Chris Phillips said...

I'm glad you posted about this, I hadn't heard about the contest till today.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

This is so wonderful! I, too, am amazed at how many fabulous and talented and amazing people I have been lucky enough to become pals with via the internet. It's so cool!

Kelly said...

Christy - We started on this blogging journey about the same time!!!
Missed P- I didn't realize it either; I was pleasantly surprised!
Katie - Group hug!
Hema - Yes, people are so generous of helping their fellow writers and sincerely happy for their accomplishments. It's good to have support!
Thanks, Madeleine!
You are welcome, Carolyn! Sounds like a great book!
Thank you for the kind words, Tina!
Thanks, Natalie!
Chris - Shelli has such great agent contests!
Cynthia - Yes! Blog friends help bring smiles to our days!

alexia said...

Super sweet! And love that pic!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

This is an awesome list. I'm off to check out the entries. :D

J.Tuttle said...

oh, I can't wait to check out some of the blogs you've listed, they sound great, as does the chat room.
It's good to think about who has helped us in our writing journey, it's such a difficult one. I've got at least six folks that support me, from crit mates, to writing buddies and I am thankful for them all! Thanks for the great post!

Rena said...

Awwww! I still remember that first cool post -- black nail polish!

I've gotten to know some great people online, too, some of which I've been able to meet in person. Some of those friendships go back almost 9 years.

:) Thanks for being such a great friend, Kelly!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

awesome list - I love that it kept going (oh yeah and thank i was on it - aw shucks :)

good luck girlie :)