"I am Brittany DeMaria. I am a full-time high school English teacher. I just finished my master's in writing. I also coach cheerleading. I've not been published anywhere, but I hope to one day. I've written six…"
"I'm D.L., presently in Hudson Valley, NY where I've finished two draft YA novels - hopefully the first two in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. The first MS is in its fourth (and final?? - i hope, i beg, i plead with myself) revision. I'm…"
"Thanks so much, Sara! And welcome to the group. Best of luck with your book. And to everyone! Mine is now up on amazon, so it is starting to feel real! Keep going. So happy to have the support of this…"
"Hi Pam! You're so right about the importance of having an objective, experienced person give you feedback. Sometimes we get so close to our manuscripts that we can't actually see them, if that makes sense. Good luck with your…"
"Hey everyone! I'm a total newbie to this website so I'm just figuring everything out here. It's pretty cool so far!So my name's Sara, and I'm from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. I'm a musician, a playwright, a poet,…"
"Hi everyone, I'm Susan Tuttle. I have 4 adult suspense novels published and one awaiting a cover, and am deep in a series about a female PI with psychic abilities (one short story, 2 novellas and 3 books so far). But lately when I sit down to…"
"hi Everyone--what a great group. I am a multi-genre writer who published my first Young Adult novel in 2013 at the age of 50, after fifteen years of working on it, trying to find an agent and publisher, etc. Two years after its publication (!),…"
"Hi, fellow YA writers! Pam McGaffin from Seattle here. My first novel -- about a 16-year-old girl trying to find out the truth about her missing fisherman father -- is now in the hands of a professional content editor. I know I'll have my work…"
"I'm Ellen Dreyer, hail from NJ, and realize I know at least one other person in this group (Hi, Catherine Stine!). I am a children's and YA (mostly YA) writer,freelance editor, and curriculum writer. I also teach creative writing and…"
I've been working on mine for a year and a half as well. I got to have Carolyn Yoder look at the first chapter and give me her notes as I am a graduate of the Highlights Workshop at Chautauqua! It was a wonderful experience. The novel, I'm sorry to say is definitely on the back burner for the moment.
Thanks for getting back to me, Candy! Sounds like you do A LOT as an assistant at the library. As someone who writes as well, do you feel like it feeds that urge (being around books and fostering a love for reading) or do you feel exhausted at the end of the day (dealing with everyone else's needs, do you have any energy left to write)? Do you write for children? Do you ever share your work at your school to get feedback? What grades do you work with? Do you enjoy it? What do you hate about it? Thanks again for any info you can provide. Just trying to get a feel for what I'm getting myself into. ; )
I read your comments about making skeletons dancing - it's so-o-o true. I agree, 100%. I wonder who said it? We all have problems and tragedies in our lives, some more than others. We like to lose ourselves in fictional mishaps because they take the edge off the real life anguish, allow us a moment of forgetfulness. If a writer manages to morph her pain into entertainment for others, she is great. Otherwise, it's just senseless moping.
Thanks for responding. I too have just signed up for She Writes. I have been writing off an on since my teens, but became serious after taking a couple of creative writing classes while working on my Associate of Arts degree several years back. I have a couple of things on the burner, one being a writing about experiencing an eating disorder in my 40's due to a divorce; the other my memoir. Some things are quite painful while others are just down right embarassing so it has been a difficult process to open myself up to actually put it down on paper, with the nagging thought if these things would hurt or embarass my family. Still, I have this deep desire to "get it all out" on paper, possibly a way to heal?
Anyway, glad you responded and I look forward to corresponding with you.