I’ve wanted to do this post for a long time, but decided to wait for the New Year, because it’s really important. What better way to start 2011 than with our appreciation for all of you?
As we move closer to our 3rd blog birthday, Becca and I can’t help but reflect on how much we’ve grown as writers. This is in large part to our peers, who are so giving with their knowledge and insight. Where would we be without you? When we started this blog, our mandate was to try and give back as well as we could. Luck has been with us, and with so many great writing blogs pioneering the way, we’ve had a wonderful footpath to follow!
The start of a new year is a good time to step back and look at the big picture. Things are so different now than when I first started writing. When I stepped onto the highway to publication, all I saw was the titanic undertaking ahead, filled with highs and lows, worries over whether I had what it took and knowing I had much to learn before I could hope to succeed. I didn’t dare tell anyone about my big dreams, so it meant facing the obstacles without help. I felt so alone, so full of doubt.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
But then the more involved I got online, the more I began to see how a wonderfully supportive community walked the path with me. All I needed to do was reach out! Everything changed–I grew in leaps and bounds. Each person I met became a mentor, openly sharing what they knew, making me a stronger writer.
This blog is a result of being part of that community, and this post is our thanks. All of you, no matter where you are in the journey, have taught us. Your blogs, tweets, pages, forum postings and blog comments (here and elsewhere) have greatly contributed to our knowledge and understanding of the craft. Your support, emails and well wishes see us through the low moments when our goals seem too far to reach. When dark doubts creep in, you are there to pull us out. We cannot thank you enough!
Becca and I believe that when success comes, it is not just ours, but something shared with all of you. We appreciate your passion, courage and insight and are looking forward to giving back in the year ahead. Happy 2011, Musers!
Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling.