"Being a writer is a whole way of life, a way of seeing, thinking, being..." ~Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind: Living the Writer's LifeThe above quote sums up everything being a writer means to me - it is a way of interacting with the world. And once you travel along this path, once you begin to see the world in a new way, there is no going back. Even if you cease to write.
I believe writing is a team sport. Yes, we writers tend to be solitary, secluding ourselves in some cave, writing for hours on end and ignoring our friends and family while the muse has her way with us. But, we do emerge from the cave at times, ready to catch our breath and reconnect. We reach out to our writerly friends - other writers addicted to the same muse. People who understand the world we belong to. Friends who motivate, support, critique, and push us to become better than we ever thought possible. We rely on these connections. And so many more -
Which leads me to a special thank you for the writing community - the entire writing community. Readers, writers, editors, agents, publishers, book sellers, everyone.
To the writers - Thank you for connecting and understanding me; thanking you for sharing your wisdom, your ups and downs, your joys and sorrows. Thank you for your stories that inspire and entertain. And most of all, thank you for connecting and helping me know I am not alone.
To the agents - Thank you for digging through the slush and finding the gems. For tirelessly dedicating yourself to the craft and pushing authors to new levels of excellence. Thank you for support and guidance, wisdom and mentoring.
To publishers and editors - Thank you for dedicating yourself to brings readers books that will engage and enlighten, entertain and teach. Thank you for remaining open minded in the face of great change; and for moving confidently forward, even though it may be scary.
And most of all, to readers - Thank you for being life to our stories through your love, through your reading. Your love of stories, need for adventure, and hunger for more keeps me writing. Thank you for challenging the status quo, pushing all of us to write more, do better, go deeper. Thank you for keeping us honest, loving words and connecting.