After my decision last year to allocate more time to creative writing, I purposely sought out like-minded individuals for multiple reasons. First, I realize that I have much to learn about fiction writing. Second, it’s fun to hear from others about how they research and write. Third, there is something warm and fuzzy about being part of a community of artists who encourage and share ideas.
Earlier today, I had the pleasure of meeting with Ms. Tiger Wiseman. An award-winning author, she is likewise a cheerleader of others’ efforts. Over lunch, I learned a lot about writer happenings in the New York and New England areas. In a separate phone call with a former work colleague, Mr. Lee Errickson, I got some great advice about the importance of staying power and goal-setting. As we speak, my literary agent, Mr. John Willig, is pitching a project to publishers after helping me polish my book proposal to improve my chances of getting a win. Susan Suffes continues to amaze with her editorial acumen and zippy demeanor. My dear friend and Young Adult writer Charlotte Hunter is a solid sounding board for my sometime zany ideas about plots. I’m learning about the intricacies of Scrivener from Pat Haggerty who has provided numerous helpful tidbits about this writing software tool. Energetic emails from the ThrillerFest 2016 team have me counting the days until this New York City conference begins. Writing coach, screenwriter and director Rich Krevolin combines energy and imagination with everything he does. These are a few of the many folks who embody the happy zeitgeist of the writer sphere.
Fortunately, others have recognized the joy=creativity concept and are spreading the news. In 2014, Writer’s Digest editor Jessica Strawser stirred the pot with a heartwarming story of a mother who finally committed to her dream of writing after her daughter was assigned the task of creating a short novel during National Novel Writing Month. A central takeaway from Ms. Strawser’s article, entitled “5 Reasons Why Love (of Writing, Reading, Words!) is Meant to be Shared,” is that “Good stories connect people.” She added that paying it forward is the right way to go. I concur. I am truly grateful for my interactions and am trying to return the favor of offering advice to those who want their literary fingers to fly.