Warm Fuzzies Blogfest!

Welcome to the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest! I’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks now, and I really can’t wait to get started.

For the next four weeks we’ll celebrate being writers and revel in the amazing community surrounding us. Sign up below and hop on over to the other blogs. Build your platform and most importantly, make some new friends :)

To start off the fest, we’re going to tackle the issue of those who aren’t in our community. How do you broach the subject of being a writer to other people who aren’t authors?

99.9% of the time, I don’t.

Why? Because, being a writer isn’t easy. Part of what makes it hard are the stereotypes against the profession and the way people respond. I don’t often tell people I’m a writer.

Why? Mostly, because I don’t know how they’ll respond. I still haven’t told any of the people I work with that I’m a writer, which is hilarious to me because most of them are musicians (I do live in Nashville after all ;)) and being a musician is pretty on par with being a writer.

There are a variety of responses I’ve heard: Disbelief. Judgment. Excitement. Doubt. Interest. I never know which one I’ll get.

This week, be it good or bad, funny or sad, share with us the best response you’ve heard when you’ve told someone you’re a writer. Also, tell us, do you tell other people that you’re a writer?

Here’s mine!

A while back, I had a conversation with a friend that went something like this…

“I wrote a book….”
“Oh, how cool.”
“I’d love you to read it sometime, if you’d like. I know you’re good at writing and editing.”
“I have lots of ideas for books. I should write one sometime.”
“Yeah, that’d be good.”
“I just have to sit down and write one.”
“Okay.”
“I mean, it won’t be that hard once I decide to write it.”
…Silence…

And the conversation continued. *Sigh* I guess I can’t expect everyone to understand that writing a book definitely isn’t easy.

This week, I have an absolutely incredible, amazing prize lined up for you! Editor Susan Buie is offering a 30 page edit, valued at $300-400. Susan Buie is a professional freelance copywriter with 20+ years experience in advertising, marketing, creative writing and also copyediting. The winner will get a professional perspective with insights on both the big picture (overall story, plot/structure, themes) and the nitty gritty (grammar, spelling, etc.). We’re lucky to have Susan here with us for the blogfest; she is very good at what she does (yes, I know this from experience!)

She requests a minimum two week window to turn the editing around.

You can find her at her website, www.susanbuie.com
her blog, www.nobrokenbones.wordpress.com
and on twitter @buiecreative

I also have some other fun prizes for you all! This week, I am offering one of my hand-made journals as a prize and Saba of http://worddiaries.blogspot.com/ is donating the book below, it’s a “Do It Yourself Autobiography!” Also, be sure to check out her blog as she is offering some fun prizes for those who comment on her posts :)

I will pick all winners throughout the next four weeks using random.org

Please make sure to have all posts up by Friday. :)

 

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