I have never done this before, but I really feel like I need to do this. I want to pay tribute to two people who mean a lot to me because of their support and/or contributions to my writing life.
First of all, my husband. I just have to say how much I appreciate the way that he shows his support for my writing. How does he do this?
He never complains about my attending all of the monthly LCW (Lancaster Christian Writers) meetings that I want to attend, which is all of them, (smile). In reality, I usually end up having to miss one or two because of family things that come up that take priority. He also never complains when I find a free or inexpensive one-day writing event that I want to attend, and he doesn’t mind when I leave two, sometimes three evenings a week for two or three hours to get together with other writers for critique group or to write, brainstorm and encourage each other along our writing paths. He doesn’t complain that I spend so much time writing and participating in writing related things and yet am still not adding to the family income. He understands that it is a long process. I am blessed to have a husband who quietly supports me and I greatly appreciate him.
The second person I want to pay tribute to is a fellow writer who has become a very dear friend and is moving to the other side of the country, Laura Zimmerman. I met her at LCW but our bond of friendship began when she and I both attended a one day writing workshop in the private home of a complete stranger. We were surrounded by strangers, and I think, because we recognized each other’s faces and knew we were both part of LCW, we both felt more comfortable and we sat together for the workshop and had some time to talk a bit and start to really get to know each other.
Then when I started the weekly writing group for those of us homeschool moms who often struggle with finding time to write without interruptions in our own homes, Laura soon became a regular part of that writing group, Scribes Oasis. She has rarely missed a night of Scribes. Laura also encouraged me in my ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) membership, as I was debating renewing my membership. You see, ACFW is a national organization, and though we have a local chapter, most of the best resources of ACFW happen online, and for the first entire year, I didn’t really get involved in that online community. Again, lack of time, as family takes priority. Laura encouraged me because she was involved in a couple of the things that the online ACFW community offered. So, I renewed my membership and have jumped into getting involved with both feet, and I’m loving it!
Through all of these wonderful writing groups, Laura has also encouraged me in my writing. She has offered me great advice on my writing. She has gotten excited about stories I have written or am writing. She has helped me talk through some issues that came up in my writing that I wasn’t sure how to improve or write well. Laura is a little bit ahead of me in the writing world, as this year, she obtained an agent and she has submitted three story proposals to this agent already. He has already gone over the first one and told her what she needed to do to edit the story and improve it, and she literally pulled her story apart and put it back together again, and she believes it is better than the original. It broke my heart to see her go through that, but her positive attitude through the whole thing and the happiness she shared about the finished edited product was quite an inspiration to me. Also, the fact that she is a homeschool mom who still homeschools three children and still finds time to crank out stories, and now, devotionals and articles, amazes and inspires me and makes me believe that I can obtain those things too. I just need to keep working.
So, when Laura leaves after Memorial Day weekend, I will miss her so much, but I am so thankful for today’s technology which will help us to be able to remain close friends who will still be able to encourage and help each other in our writing. Thanks Laura for your friendship and your encouragement and support in my writing. I know God has good things in store for you and your family wherever He leads you.
How about you? Who is a big support and encouragement to you in your writing journey?