Sunday, December 6, 2009

Writing Buddies

This seems like a good time to talk about writing buddies. I've been blessed with an awesome group of writer friends that I met in July, 2008 at the Highlights Foundation Writer's Workshop at Chautauqua. We call ourselves the Wad. Don't ask me why, it's a name Rhonda came up with, I think. That should tell you something about Rhonda.

Anyway, there have been some big events for the Wad lately. In March, Amy won the Grand Prize in PM Moon Publisher's First Annual New Authors Writing Contest. Her book, The Invisible Sister, is scheduled for release in September 2010. You can check out her blog at

This week Tess announced the sale of her first book, With a Name Like Love, scheduled for fall, 2011. Congratulations, Tess - you must still be walking on air! You can check out Tess's blog at

And today is Sharon's birthday! You can hop over to Sharon's blog and wish her a happy birthday at While you're there, enter Sharon's Three Wishes contest for a chance to win a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card. But you'd better hurry, her contest ends Dec. 10.

I'd love to send you to Heidi's flickr page, but I have no idea how to link to flickr. Sorry, Heidi! And Rhonda, Kim, and Diana, you're just going to have to jump on the bandwagon and start your own blogs so I can link to you, too.

Writing is a solitary pursuit, involving long hours spent alone, unless you count the people in your head, of which we writers usually have an ample supply. Friends of the living, breathing variety are a welcome change. They offer advice, support, critiques, a shoulder to cry on, and a laugh when you need it most. Thanks girls, and congratulations on all your successes!

Your turn: Do you have a critique group or other group of friends that share a common interest?

Until next Sunday, happy writing, and may your coffee pot never run dry.


Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Hey! There I am again in that blue shirt! :)

I know why we're called the Wad. Someone said we were a little clique-y, and Rhonda said we weren't sophisticated enough to be a clique; we were more of a Wad. :)

Susan Fields said...

Yes, you're wearing the blue shirt, but you're only in one of those pictures. I'm beginnning to think you're not a camera hog so much as Sharon just likes to take pictures of you - must be because you're so photogenic! Cliquey? Hmmph.

waytenmom said...

Oddly enough, it is not a writing group that helps my writing. It is participating in visual things, like being in FSU Film school films. I think it's because they force me to put my brain in a different gear -- I am so words-oriented that a simple thing like looking at a scene from different visual angles is something that challenges my presuppositions.

Sharon Mayhew said...

Susan--You have no idea how much I am now regreting focusing on the learning and not worrying about my hair during our week at Chautauqua. BTW Rhonda is WAY wrong, we are like so sophisticated. Why just this year I used real plates at Thanksgiving. :)

Susan Fields said...

Paula, that's an interesting point you make. I've never been involved in film or theater or anything, but I'm sure it does challenge a writer's mind to see things in new and different ways. Plus, another outlet for creativity is always a good thing. Hmm...maybe a topic for a future blog?

Susan Fields said...

Sharon, your hair looks beautiful - I don't know what you're talking about. I guess none of us expected our pictures to be posted on all these blogs, though, did we? And I agree, we are quite sophisticated, though I'm pretty sure there was some paper and plastic at my Thanksgiving dinner. :)

Velva said...

Keep on writing!