Thursday, May 8, 2014

E. B. White on Writer Friends

Stephanie and I decided to start "Inspirational Tuesdays and Thursdays" in which we'll post some of our favorite quotes with you guys and share how those quotes have impacted us.

Here is one that a friend gave to me in a frame for Christmas. Talk about a clever gift for a writer!



When I first started out, Diana Sharples was my closest writer friend. She and I were both writing for teens, we were both prolific, and we were both beyond tenacious in our journey to be traditionally published. She and I got each other through a lot of frustrating and exciting times. And for several years, we ran an online critique group that had as many as thirty different writers. I loved that group. And I think about all those authors every once in a while and wonder how they're doing. Good times.

How about you? Do you have a special writing friend or friends? Give them a shout out in the comments. And maybe even drop them a note to let them know how much you appreciate having them in your life.

38 comments:

  1. I'm a pretty big fan of Lily J. and Elizabeth Liberty Lewis. I have been exchanging emails with both of these girls lately and they are both such good writers and so encouraging. Cara Putman and Stephanie Morrill have both had huge impacts on me from the mentor side of things, too. I'm so thankful for all of those lovely ladies! You girls rock!

    ~Sarah Faulkner

    inklinedwriters.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so grateful that Cara shared you with me :)

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    2. You rock too, Sarah! I love having you as a friend. :)

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  2. Here's a shoutout to Patience Marie Bledsoe - she's been an awesome writer friend and friend in my life!! ♥

    Rebecca R.

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    1. Patience BledsoeMay 8, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Awww, Rebecca! THANK YOU!!! This was so sweet of you, my dear. :) What a lovely surprise and an encouragement to scroll down and read this! Oh, you've been such an awesome writer friend and friend in my life too, and I'm beyond thankful for you!! :D

      Scroll down a bit in the comments, Rebecca - you'll see a little message. :)

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  3. I actually met my (awesome) writer friend here! Thanks Katie for encouraging me and giving me feedback on some of my stories!

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    1. *Katie Erickson

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    2. Awwww. No problem, Alea! I can't wait to develop our friendship even more! I've had a fun time writing with you :)

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    3. Me too!

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  4. That's a lovely quote. :)

    Let's see...I adore all my writing buddies, but here are a few: Liam, Head Phil, Robyn Hoode, Arende de Wit, RJ/Bobbie, Natalie Noel, and Kelsey Gulick. Y'all are awesome.

    And everyone else at GTW--so are you. Seriously. What a blessing to have you all by my side.

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  5. Rachelle O'neil and Katie Erickson :) thanks for helping me, girls! <3

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    1. I've had a wonderful time getting to know you better, Petra!

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  6. I actually got started because of a writer friend! Lol! And we're cousins :):) Thank you Liz wherever u r! And you 2 Robin!

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    1. Awww I love you too Pete! :) And remember, I'd still be on chapter two (and have NO plot) if not for you!

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  7. NEALERS FOREVAH.

    I don't know what I would do without my Nealer sisters. Even though we've only been a group for about six months, I don't know how I ever wrote without them.

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  8. Amanda Fisher! And all the GTW-post are my friends as well ;-)

    arendedewit.blogspot.com

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    1. Oohps... I meant GTW-posts, of course. Plural, guys, plural. ALL posts, I mean ;-)

      arendedewit.blogspot.com

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    2. Yes, yes plural! :)

      Thanks ;) My stories miss you...have to start editing something else soon for you!

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  9. Patience BledsoeMay 8, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Nicole Shepherd and Rebecca Rash!! :D I'm so beyond grateful for them. :) Words can't express how thankful I am for them, our friendship, and for our writing journeys together!! :D Praise the Lord! Thank you, Nicole and Rebecca!!! :D I love you both so very much!!! Thank you for all you've done, all your encouragement and cheering, your prayers, and for wielding the pen with me!!! :D

    -Patience

    P.S. Thanks for the post! I loved the quote, and I'm very thankful for you all here at GTW. :) Many of the posts have been a great blessing/help/encouragement to me with my writing. :)

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    1. SO sweet of you Patience!! ♥ ♥ ♥
      Love you!

      Rebecca

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  10. My friends Ada and Eleanor are my best writing friends. We help each other along not only with writing but also with life in general. I cannot wait to see all of our dreams come true. Thank you so much, girls, for being there!

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  11. I've met most of my awesome writing buddies from on this site... All because of the word wars.
    - Alea Harper -- My awesome friend who is writing a novel with me :) She is such a kind and funny person. She gives me tips on how to improve my novel, and offers me amazing plot suggestions. I hope I get to meet you someday! <3
    - Athelas Hale -- A fantastic word warrer whom I can't wait to get to know better!
    - Petra Reini -- Another great word warrer, even though our schedules never seem to match up :p. a Christian and my age... There's no doubt we'd be great friends in person too!
    - Rachelle O'Neil -- A amazing writer! I have the privilege of being a critic for her novel! Thank you for your patience with me :)

    Thank you guys so much for being here as I'm traveling down this unfamiliar path. I can't believe I started writing a few months ago. I can see that my writing has progressed thanks to my friends and this blog! I can't thank you all enough. It has been a fun time together!

    -Katie :)

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    1. Aww...thanks Katie! You are such a kind (and funny) person too!!! *Thinks of the good morning quote from The Hobbit you texted me* I hope I get to meet you someday too!

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  12. Um, the person who has helped me the most with my writing is my Mom. Other then that, no one really helps me with my writing. I'm lonely. :)

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    1. I am sure that if you won't be lonely for long if you keep hanging out at GTW, Irene. I wish you the best in your writing!

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    2. I'll just add that it's great having a mom help with writing! I wish mine did, she hates writing...:( LOL

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  13. I've met so many wonderful writer friends thanks to things like GTW and NaNoWriMo, but some of the most influential have been Liam (first online writer friend I ever made and whose blog pointed me toward the wonderful online teen writer community), Sarah (with whom I organized a critiquing event and who I love talking to), Scott (whose book I beta read, the experience of which taught me a lot about beta/author relations) and Robyn (with whom I've spent many a lovely hour talking about books and life in general). I know I've forgotten someone, but I adore you all and am so glad to have met you.

    Many thanks to Jill, Stephanie, and the other behind-the-scenes adults for making this amazing community possible. :)

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    1. Thanks, Lily. I love reading everyone's posts thanking their peeps. It's awesome! :-)

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    2. You're welcome! I love reading these, too. Awesome indeed. :)

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  14. I've got so many awesome writer friends! A lot of them through GTW (thanks for making that possible, by the way), and others are just people I know in real life. They are definitely awesome! :D


    Alexa Skrywer
    alexaskrywer.blogspot.com

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  15. *sigh*. It sounds like you all have some great writing friends. I have yet to meet a close writing friend, online or in real life. I guess it's just a matter of time.

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    1. Hey Liz, have you joined the GTW Google+ group? You can meet some of us there :) Tiffanie B. will have to accept you but I'll let her know if you want. https://plus.google.com/communities/102401705786028991263

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    2. Hi, thanks! I did and I posted. :D

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  16. Shout out to Sarah C. for always helping me with my writing and getting me started writing in the first place!

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  17. It's so much fun to read these posts. I'm so glad you guys have writing friends. And if you don't, come hang out on the GTW FB page and find some! They're priceless. :-)

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  18. BIG shout out to Emily Kapuscak and Laura Owens for all their love and hard work and priceless critiquing! There is no way I could ever had made it this far without muh peeps! Thank you also to Olivia Nash for your encouragement! Laura, you were there from the beginning, three years ago, when we were ignorant and naïve (And had about 50 nicknames each). We have come so far, and it's all because I said, "hey guess what! I started a book!" and you said, "Really? Can I see?" Thank you soooo so much for all the ideas and help you have given to me. Emily, your critiques are the best and you make me ask questions that I would never have thought about. you bring a whole new sense of realism to my work. Love you all bunches! And many thanks to Mrs. Jill and Mrs. Stephanie for all their hard work and brilliant mentoring! I could go on for hours, but I'll shut up now. Happy writing to all!

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  19. My best friend at six is still my closest friend and partner in writing. we have both done Nanowrimo together and collaborate on plots and characters no mater how weird or crazy we think it all sounds. Thanks, Lauren, for being there for me even in my worst writer's block moments. Also, thanks so much for taking all my blunt critics and advise. :-)

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  20. Ohhh yes!!! My friends and I have a group like that. We call ourselves the Inklings (you know, like CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Charles Williams?) We try to keep the membership low and only allow people at least one of us knows, else all we get is a bunch of teenager spam that's not profitable to writing. We write novels, short stories, fan fics, and are even sharpening our skills with an RPG that reads like a novel (suuuperr fun!)

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