By Alexandra Grabbe
Psst. I’ve got a secret to share. It’s called The Writer’s Inner Journey, a blog by a terrific writer/friend who has just been nominated in the Best-Kept-Secret category at the Bloggies, the annual competition for bloggers, celebrated this month in Austin TX. Her name is Meredith Resnick. Please click over before February 19th and vote. What should I care, you say? Writers need to support other writers, stand shoulder to shoulder, carry the torch for one another. Here’s an opportunity to let the world know writing does matter and make a statement about our – choose one, two at most –
4.) bad habit
5.) secret vice.
That’s why I’m turning to all you wordsmiths out there, in cyberspace. You see, if you are not familiar with Meredith’s blog, you should be. It allows you to discover useful information on craft, The Journey, working part-time, and lots of other fun topics that rock a writer’s world. A visit to Writer’s Inner Journey feels like stepping into an old-fashioned salon and taking part. Yes, you will enjoy the chitchat but also come away totally energized.
Meredith summarizes what she offers as, “Bestselling authors, professional creatives and emerging voices in quirky dialogue about how they write and why it works” – WHY IT WORKS. Now, who can resist that?
Writer’s Inner Journey helps me understand what professional writers go through because published authors stop by on a regular basis to share insight. Meredith also features agents in her famous 5-question interviews. With her background as a licensed clinical social worker, she manages to get said agents to say things you might not hear elsewhere. For instance, Elise Capron confided, “I have to ask myself: is this writer developing a CAREER (of which this first project is just a stepping stone), and am I excited to be a potential part of that career, even if the first project might take a lot of work to place?” Jessica Alvarez admitted she was not squeamish: “It’s difficult to offend me. I don’t mind gore, sex, or strong language.” Nathan Branford said he’s fond of “cities, travel, television, books, wine, and corn dogs.” And, he left agenting to become…a writer!
What I especially like about The Writers’ Inner Journey is that it makes me feel good about myself, lowly struggling artist that I am, stringing words together and hoping they make sense, that someone will notice and read them. Meredith Resnick reminds me that I’m on the same trip as countless other successful creative types, who have already moved up a notch and are allowed to call themselves “authors,” having published a book or two or three, the supreme glory. I’m not there yet but will be someday.
The other blogs nominated in Meredith’s category are
1.) Dogs on Drugs;
2.) Australian S.O.U.L;
3.) Adventures of a Kitchen Ninja;
4.) A Rogue’s Reality.
What are you waiting for? Click through to the Bloggies and put your two cents in for writing.
Alexandra Grabbe is a green innkeeper on Cape Cod. Her blog, Chezsven: Wellfleet Today, started its seventh year last month.
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