Thursday, September 17, 2009

Writers Have Big..... HEARTS!

First of all, I'd like to thank Kristina Riggle for her wonderful interview. Kris - You're an inspiration to writers everywhere. Your time and thoughtful answers are greatly appreciated. The ripple effect of your inspired words will manifest over time. There is no way to measure the gratitude or count the creative ideas you've sparked in the minds of others. I thank you and wish you the greatest success with Real Life & Liars and all your upcoming works.

Kristina is the perfect example of what I've realized lately: writers have big hearts. We are dedicated and devoted not only to our own writing, but to each others' work as well. In other words, we are our own biggest cheerleaders. (If only we could look this good!!)

And, it doesn't matter where we are along our path. Whether you're a newbie just dipping your toes in the tepid writing waters, or a big-time best-selling author, we all have something in common - our love for the written word and for the simple wonder of telling a story.

There are many writers I've encountered lately who have been helpful to me along my journey. They are unselfish folks who possess generous, creative, beautiful souls. I am honored and humbled to have crossed their paths. Some I will be interviewing over the next few months, some I've had great "conversations" with via Twitter and/or e-mail, and all have left a deep impression upon my heart. They've made a difference in my relationship to my writing, and there is no way to properly thank someone for that kind of unselfish devotion.

The desire to elevate our own ideas and hone our own craft is one thing. It's natural to want to improve, expand and become the best writers we can be. But, to take the time to support others along the way is a tremendous gift. The desire to elevate those around you is what makes the journey of life so much more meaningful. Knowing there are kindred spirits willing to give of their time and experience is, for me, part of what makes the writing journey so fulfilling.

Of course, writers aren't the only people willing to contribute. I've come across many agents who are funny, helpful, and more than willing to give of their time and expertise to help writers along their way. My gratitude to them can not be measured.

Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the woes of the economy and how it's effecting the industry, but staying focused on our work is what matters. As writers, it is all we have and all we will ever have. The ability to pour our hearts and souls on to the written page and move others to tears, laughter, bliss, rapture, fear, reflection, and all manner of human emotion, is thrilling, transformative, a privilege, and a joy.

So, here's a toast: To writers everywhere, no matter where you are along your path, may you be filled with inspiration, passion, and the desire to write to your heart's content. And to the agents who help make our dreams come true. Cheers!

45 comments:

The Peach Tart said...

I too find that writers have big hearts. May the muse be with us all.

Amy said...

Well, I hope you appreciate MY generosity in allowing you to use that photo of me from my cheerleading days in Dallas. ;o)

DebraLSchubert said...

Deborah, Amen, sista!

DebraLSchubert said...

Amy, Your kindness and generosity knows no bounds. THANK YOU!!!

Rebecca Anne said...

Oh sweetie, you could totally pull off the cheerleading outfit, I can see it now!
Heart is a wonderful thing and there is nothing better then seeing it passed around. Especially with such a fickle group of people (It might just be my observation, but hooowow, writers have their quirks)
Anyway, loved this~

DebraLSchubert said...

Rebecca, I was a cheerleader back in HS but that was when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Could I pull it off now? Definitely! As long as I was in a room filled with very drunk men. (*wink*)

And yes writers are fickle. But they're also kind, interesting, curious, wonderful, bitchy, loving, funny... All the things we love in our characters and in life.;-)

Alan Orloff said...

You are so right--writers have GIANT hearts!

Cheers!

DebraLSchubert said...

Alan, Grins.;-))))

Dan Krokos said...

This *warmed* my heart.

We are pretty amazing humans, aren't we?

DebraLSchubert said...

Dan, Yes, we are. Especially you, my friend.;-)

Ann's Rants said...

From the little I know of you, you exude exactly this sort of generosity. I've already benefited from the information you provide on your blog and in your tweets.

So glad to have met you.

Karen Walker said...

I am in awe of the generosity of spirit that I have encountered through blogging, of writers and others. Thanks for acknowleding that, Debra.
Karen

DebraLSchubert said...

Ann, You're a sweetheart. And Happy New Year, gf!;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Karen, You are precisely the type of writer I speak of in this post. Warm, generous, insightful - I'm blessed to know you.

Jenna said...

I love that about my fellow writers. They're all just so dang supportive and loving and completely awesome.

Cheers, and may the muse be with you. :)

Kelly H-Y said...

What a wonderful, heartwarming post! Loved it!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Cheers to you! May Sam, Norm and Cliff arrive on your doorstep with lots of beer, cocktails and wine b/c I know that agent will be calling you soon! :-)

Good post. I'm so glad that you share your heart with us each week.

Jemi Fraser said...

So true!!!

I've met so many wonderful, generous people in this business. From agents and publishers who take the time to blog, to fellow newbies who offer their first critiques, to more experienced writers who willingly share everything they've learned.

It truly is an amazing community! Cheers!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Here here! Now going to read the interview.

DebraLSchubert said...

Jenna, It's so nice to see your smiling face again! If only I'd had a clue when I was your age... And, may the muse be with you as well.;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Kelly, Thanks, my friend.;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Mandy, Re: Agent visit - "from your lips to God's ears!" Glad you liked the post. (*grin*)

DebraLSchubert said...

Jemi, I know - it is definitely true. The writing community ROCKS!!!

DebraLSchubert said...

Angie, Hope you enjoy the interview. I had a lot of fun doing it.)))

~Jamie said...

I agree, we HAVE to have big hearts... that's how we feel the emotions of our characters!

Beth said...

Although I'm not a writer, I think we've all experienced that person who would rather see us fail--no matter what our endeavor--than succeed. These types will go so far as to withhold needed information in order to set you up for failure. However, I think those people are the exception, and the vast majority of people you encounter are of the helpful type, who will do what they can to help you along your way.

mo.stoneskin said...

*lifts half-drunk pint of Guiness*

Bravo!

Are you saying I'm a cheerleader?

*reels in horror at the word 'agent'*

Do I really need an agent?

Carrie Harris said...

Awww. So sweet. Although the thought of me in that cheer uniform is frightening beyond belief. ;)

WendyCinNYC said...

Nice post. I totally agree--while I find nice people everywhere, I do believe that writers rank among the best.

JennyMac said...

Love this! And amen to building a network of writers...and big hearts.

Debbie said...

That is lovely!

DebraLSchubert said...

Jamie, How true! There's got to be a lot of room in there to feel the emotions of so many.;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Beth, I wish you'd stop saying you're not a writer. You're a talented writer, you're just not ready to own up to it. Fine. I'll wait. (She said, tapping her fingers against the table.)

BTW, did I tell you I've seen some beautiful bright red cardinals in my backyard this summer? We put up a bird feeder, and it's been awesome! Thanks for the inspiration. ;-)))

DebraLSchubert said...

mo., Finish up you beer and run along. You've got work to do. You need to put your rah rah uniform on and go find an agent.

DebraLSchubert said...

Carrie, Be kind to yourself. I'm sure you'd be an adorable cheerleader.

DebraLSchubert said...

Wendy, Yup. We rock. Plain and simple.;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

JennyMac, Glad you love it. I had fun writing it.;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Debbie, Smiles your way, girlfriend.;-)

Vegas Linda Lou said...

I agree! Writers are very generous with their time and are happy to share their knowledge. I would never have made it this far had it not been for the more experienced folks in my writer's group. And now I'm happy to be in a position to help others--I really feel it's a karmic obligation, and one I'm happy to fulfill.

DebraLSchubert said...

Linda, I love how you put is as a "karmic obligation" - very cool. Yup, pay it forward, pass the baton. It feels great to help other writers along their path.;-)

koralee said...

Ahh...what a lovely thoughtful post...it is so nice to support one another! You are amazingly sweet...but I already knew that!

DebraLSchubert said...

Koralee, You won't think I'm so sweet when I figure out a way to hijack your block and make a museum out of it.;-)

Julie said...

I'm here getting caught up on a week's worth of blog reading. Is there any coffee? Happy Saturday!

DebraLSchubert said...

Julie, Thanks for stopping by. Sorry, I've only got tea.;-)

Aidan Donnelley Rowley said...

Thanks for this uplifting, heartfelt post. We writers must stick together.

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