It’s the time of year when we acknowledge what we’re thankful for. I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made and the knowledge I’ve gleaned from my writing groups.
It all began in 2012 when I joined Romance Writers of America. Shortly after, I found the local chapter, Southern Magic. I remember walking into my first meeting with a ball of anxiety in the pit of my stomach. Would they call me a fraud? Make me prove I could write? Send me packing with my tail tucked between my legs?
None of those things happened. They welcomed me with open arms and it was the first of many times I’ve been amazed at the humility of published authors. They were once where I am and are willing to help me achieve my dreams of publication.
Next, I joined Georgia Romance Writers since I’m a homegrown Georgia girl myself. I haven’t been able to attend many of their meetings, but I’ve met some genuinely kind and helpful people through that chapter.
Over the summer, at Nationals, I joined the online chapter of Contemporary Romance Writers. Once again, I’ve made virtual friends in the online community who support each other and share their expertise about the genre in which I write.
I’ve hooked up with some awesome Facebook groups, Marie Force’s self-pub loop, and most recently, I found the #MyWANA group on Twitter via Kristen Lamb’s blog. WANA stands for We Are Not Alone.
Writing can be solitary, but I have so many places to connect with other writers I don’t feel so alone anymore. I'm very thankful for the friends I've made on my writing journey.
Do you have a person or group you’re thankful for this season?