So many people contribute to our writing path, many without even realizing what an impact their support, knowledge and kindness makes. As a feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, I will give some well-deserved recognition to those who really make the Writing Community a better place…people who truly are Writing Heroes.

Today I’m pleased to call Gene Lempp a Writing Hero. I met Gene through Kristen Lamb‘s #WANA hashtag on twitter and right away saw just how much he enjoyed connecting with and supporting other writers. Gene works hard to give other writers exposure, both in his daily tweets to blogs and articles, and also through an absolutely fabulous weekly round up aptly named “Writing  Blog Treasures“. I always find some really great stuff in his links and appreciate him putting it together. It saves me time–something that there’s never of, it seems.

Gene is genuine and hard working. He’s always ready with a word of support and has built a great community through his blog. Gene is also a big supporter of Author Kait Nolan‘s A Round of Words in 80 Days, which is a group for writers who know that real life can get in the way of creating and so focuses on ‘tailored’ goals for the busy writer. (If this sounds like you, check it out!).

He also runs a thought-provoking series on his blog called Designing From Bones, which is a deep look at historical events, places and ideas, and how a writer’s imagination can utilize (and twist!) the past to create some incredible fiction. He profiles some unique stuff (like cannibalism) so I highly recommend checking this out. Also, don’t forget to find him on Twitter!

Thank you GENE, for being one of my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me!

To pay it forward, I will give a 1000-word critique to Gene, who can choose to keep it for himself or offer it as a giveaway on his blog! As a resident Writing Hero, he will also have a permanent link in our header. If you are looking for great writing information and genuine contributors to our Writing Community, please check out The Bookshelf Muse’s full list of WRITING HEROES!

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

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Also, You can find Becca over at The View Outside, talking about The Necessary Evils Of Writing with the smart and savvy Vikki Thompson! And there’s an Emotion Thesaurus Giveaway, so please head on over and discover a great blog!


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. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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Reetta Raitanen
8 years ago

Congrats Gene! You’re my writing hero too. You educate and entertain me every week. Even in your ROW Check-ins you think what your readers get from them and include short reviews.

What are writing heroes made of? Dedication and giving. And being 100% unique.

Traci Kenworth
8 years ago

Thanks for the introduction!!

8 years ago

I also know Gene through the WANA gang and am a bit of a lurker on the sidelines but always pay attention to what he has to say. He’s a role model and motivator extraordinaire! His website is a treasure chest of writing gems and he SO deserves to be named a Writing Hero!

August McLaughlin
8 years ago

Go Gene! As a long time fan of his, I’m so stoked about this post. Thank you for honoring him—very well deserved. His blog rocks and he’s one of the most supportive tweeps in the online writing community.

Angela Ackerman
8 years ago

Hi Theauthorrwforster, certainly! Feel free to link to us in your sidebar, with our thanks 🙂

8 years ago

May I link to your blog from my own?

8 years ago

Designing From Bones is one of my favorite blogs on the web.

Angela Ackerman
8 years ago

Gene, it was a pleasure to profile you. I know everyone likes having a chance to show appreciation for the people who make their lives more joyful, and I’m so glad that all the people who care about you found this post got to thank you and cheer you on. 🙂

8 years ago

It’s nice to ‘meet’ Gene. He sounds like a fantastic guy!

8 years ago

Couldn’t go to a better candidate! Gene is a fabulous writer and supporter of writers. As a fellow ROWer, Gene’s my idol for being a sponsor. I try to be the best sponsor I can and role model myself after Gene’s kind words.

Angela Orlowski-Peart
8 years ago

I’ve met Gene through WANA as well. He is a very kind and friendly person. I need to start visiting his blog more often, just like I’ve used to.

8 years ago

You pegged him right. He is a hero and his Blog Treasures and Designing From Bones are two of my favorites. Gene was one of my first Twitter friends. Like you, I met him through the #MyWana hashtag. His quote on his Twitter profile impressed me so much:
“Only the moment seems eternal and in a moment everything will change.” ~Gene Lempp

I think his quote is profound!

Renee Schuls-Jacobson
8 years ago

Doesn’t everyone know and love Gene? He has been an awesome Tweep to me from the start, and he even helped me understand Twitter via telephone when I was just starting out! Gene is a wonderful, generous man. I often wish my son had him for social studies since he really knows how to make history come alive.

Congratulations, Gene! You deserve this award!

8 years ago

Gene is awesome! I am always thrilled to read his Treasures posts and ecstatic when he comments on my blog. 🙂

Gene Lempp
8 years ago

Wow! I am – stunned – awed – honored!
Thanks Angela and Becca I couldn’t be more thrilled. I love being able to help connect people with good information, each other, and help out whenever I can. Of course, the writing is first (which is why I’m showing up here so late in the day), but I’m glad to be on the same path as such great people as yourselves *smile*

I think I’ll pass the critique forward, along with a match from me. I’ll announce details on my blog soon, probably Sunday.

Matthew: I have an RSS button on the side column *smile*

Melinda: Always great to see you. Thanks 🙂

Marcia: My friend – thanks very much for the kind words – all the best to you, always 🙂

S.J.: Thank you. Always glad to help out, even if it’s just a bit of inspiration 🙂

Heather: Great to meet you. Thanks for the subscription 🙂

Jami: Ditto, my friend. And another of the Writing Heroes – Jami is one of my favorite stops of the week, be sure to check her site out if you haven’t already.

Juliana: Always such a great cheerleader! Thanks 🙂

Jemi: You know I wrote those cannibalism posts with Angela in mind. In the health way. Of course. (grins) Thanks for stopping by my site 🙂

Angela and Becca: Thanks so much for all the kind words. And the gigantic smile. The Muse is one of the first sites I found when I came to the net and it has always, and will always, be one of my favorites. Not to mention that I think the world of the two special women that run the Muse. Peace, friends 🙂

Becca Puglisi
8 years ago

I’ve seen a lot of strong content in Gene’s Twitter feed, and he always has something supportive to say. Great choice, Ange :).

Jemi Fraser
8 years ago

Off to meet Gene…

(I love that you have Heroes and cannibalism in the same post!)

Angela Ackerman
8 years ago

Gene is a great guy–he puts so much work into his posts and tries hard to connect with all the people who visit. I know many people who are so happy to have met him through ROW!

Cheers all around–thanks everyone for the shout outs, tweets and mentions about Gene today. 🙂

Juliana Haygert
8 years ago

I’ve know Gene for a year now, because of ROW80! He’s awesome! Go, Gene, go!

Jami Gold
8 years ago

Awesome! Gene is one of my favorite people. 🙂 I love his link roundups and his Designing from Bones series is truly unique. Plus, he’s just a great guy to know. 🙂

Heather Marsten
8 years ago

I just subscribed to his site based on your comments about him. Thanks for your ever helpful site.

8 years ago

What a wonderful series! You’ve made me think about who are writing heroes for me.

Bish Denham
8 years ago

Nope, he’s new for me. Thanks for passing him on.

S. J. Maylee
8 years ago

Love, Gene. So happy to see him get this shout out. I always get something out of his posts. His ROW posts always keep me thinking and help me in my path. Thank you, Gene.

8 years ago

Gene is one of my best friends online and I’m so happy you chose him as a writing hero! He’s that and more to so many people. His blog is a mainstay on many readers lists, even those who have time to read just a few blogs a week. Every single week, readers learn something or get a few giggles from following Gene. And he is the most supportive and helpful friend. He appreciates everyone as much as we appreciate him.
He has some new twists coming on his Designing for Bones posts and we’re all anxious for the big reveal! Do follow Gene…you won’t be sorry.

Melinda S. Collins
8 years ago

AWESOME! Congratulations, Gene!

I’ve only a few conversations with you, Gene, but by following your blog and seeing how active you are in the #MyWANA feed, I can definitely say that you are a true Writing Hero!

Congrats again! You deserve it, my writing friend! 🙂

Rosalind Adam
8 years ago

This is the first time I’ve heard about this great guy. I shall now pop over to visit him. Thanks.

Laura Pauling
8 years ago

Awesome! I”ll go check him out! 🙂 Love the thought of offering those twists on history!

Natalie Aguirre
8 years ago

Congrats to Gene! He sounds like an awesome resource for writers.