I’ve gone and built a Yahoo group for romance authors and readers. I’ve given a lot of thought to this…heck I give a lot of thought to everything. If I didn’t write to get thoughts out of my head, it would surely explode.
It took me a while to make the group, and I’m still trying to decipher things behind the scenes. It’s a yahoo companion group to the multi-author-owned Exquisite Quills! blog, and is also called Exquisite Quills. It can be found here:
On the “no longer new” side of the “new author” fence, I can say being an author is at once a lonely and ofttimes confusing experience. When I first began this journey of mine, I was lost frankly. If not for the formation of a new group of authors, and the fact it was the right place right time for me to hear about them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Those author friends who now make up the core of the Exquisite Quills are the reason I’ve been able to grow and gain confidence in this field. A support network is a wonderful thing. I’m so happy to open the EQ doors and let that ripple out into the world. I have my reasons. 🙂
I think it’s wonderful to make author friends for really no one else understands the drive to create literary worlds as well as other writers do. In the real world things can be so darn ugly and mean. In the real world things don’t always have happy ever after endings. When we write love stories, we share hope for something better with the rest of the world. These moments ripple. Studies show the brain doesn’t differentiate much between what is read and what is physically experienced. The same parts of the brain fire. So think about that, filling people’s minds with love can only do good things. A love story can stick with a reader. It can influence their day with endorphins. No kidding! Endorphins make people happy. Happy people are nicer. Being nice has a rippling effect. It’s all good. 🙂
I’m a quote collector and I want to share something I’ve shared on this blog before. It’s one of the most profound little tidbits I’ve ever come across in regard to writing. It also encapsulates my idea of community. It was written by author Jane Leopold Quinn. To me, this sums up the point of the new Exquisite Quills group:
To be able to write a story and publish it means we join the centuries-long family of authors. It seems like there are a lot of us, but our percentage is so small compared with the whole of the world’s populace. How many people do you know who say “I could write a book” but don’t?
Think about that and the potential good our stories can do. Kind of puts a new spin on romance writing eh?
Ugh, wordpress is wreaking havoc on my fonts again. Sorry if this is hard to read. I’ll have to find another template. I’ve gone through a handful that just don’t work easily. ::sigh::
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