Writing Heroes: Laura Pauling

For a long time now, Angela and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. As a new feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, Angela and I will take turns giving well-deserved recognition to some of the people who really make an impact…people who truly are Writing Heroes.

For my first hero, I picked Laura Pauling. As a matter of fact, when we first started discussing this series, I believe my words to Angela were I get Laura. It was like a fantasy draft, and I WON!

One of the things I love about Laura’s blog is how very useful her information is. She keeps up with what people are talking about. Her posts explore topics that are timely for authors, and issues that are not often clear-cut. And she informs without telling you what to think. She puts the information out there in a way that makes you want know, want to learn more. As a person who values truth and the importance of figuring things out for yourself, I love that. I should also mention that Laura is active on twitter too, finding great articles and being a bright, supportive voice for all writers!

She also has excellent taste in books. When she reviews a book, it almost always peaks my interest, and let me tell you, I’m pretty picky. And when I finally get around to reading her recommendations (my TBR list is as bottomless as Hermione’s purse), they almost always satisfy. For her taste alone, I salute her!

And lastly, I adore her because she’s so freaking honest. When popular bloggers stick a virtual foot in the mouth, she talks about it. She pokes fun at the ongoing ambiguity of the writing world (do blog/don’t blog, be honest/don’t be a jerk). She admits to dancing in her pajamas to Lady Gaga. With the blinds open.

I am speechless. Speechless.

So all I can say is Thank you Laura, for being one of my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me, woman!

To pay it forward, Angela or I will give a 1000 word critique to each Writing Hero we profile. These writers can then choose to keep it for themselves or offer it as a giveaway on their blog! All writing heroes will also have a permanent link in our header!

So tell me Musers…do you know Laura? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO! 


Angela is an international speaker and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also enjoys dreaming up new tools and resources for One Stop For Writers, a library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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40 Responses to Writing Heroes: Laura Pauling

  1. I follow Laura and she is great! I seriously love this series. 🙂

  2. Very cool idea! I don’t know Laura (yet), but plan to hop over and check her out. 🙂

  3. Thanks for this feature on Laura. I just discovered her blog today through another pay it forward. I am even more excited to follow her blog and learn from her.

  4. Thanks for reminding me about Laura. I meant to put her on my blogroll and forgot; now she’s there, so I’m more likely to keep up with her.

  5. nutschell says:

    Thanks for introducing us to Laura. I will certainly check out her blog!
    I’m looking forward to other writing heroes you’ll be featuring. 😛


  6. Heather says:

    Laura definitely sounds amazing, but you ladies are too for supporting writing heroes. Love it!

  7. I agree – Laura’s blog is fantastic. 🙂

  8. I think blogger ate my comment. Laura has helped me tons with her blog posts. Thanks Laura! Also, thanks for your logline advice.
    Thanks to Angela for doing this, so nice.

  9. Southpaw says:

    She is new to me. Thank you! I can tell I already like her blog from the first post there!

  10. Karen Lange says:

    I do know Laura, and I think she’s great! She is a hero. 🙂

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