10 Things I Love About She Writes! A Challenge for the She Writes Community

"Write it down. Set it free" - Amy Hartl Sherman

Those are powerful and profound words to a writer. What a gift it is to be able to take words in your head and set them free by writing them down. What makes it even more special is having a community to share them with; a community of women who support and nourish the love you have in your heart for writing. That is what I have found in the She Writes community. 

The month of June marks the two year anniversary of She Writes. Although I have only been a member for a couple of weeks, I knew the instant I came across it that I had to be part of this special and unique community. I can't imagine why any woman who writes wouldn't want to be part of it. The support, friendships and resources here are priceless. 

To celebrate the second anniversary, I thought it would be fun to extend our thanks to She Writes for everything they have done for women writers over the last two years by sharing things we love about being part of this community.

Therefore, I have a challenge for you. I challenge you to write down Ten Things You Love about the She Writes community and "set it free" by sharing your list with the rest of us here. Since I've only been here a couple of weeks, my list will be very different from someone who has been here from the beginning, so it will be fun to see what everyone writes.

Here is my list:

1. I love being part of a community where people celebrate the dreams, goals and success of others.

2. I love that someone personally welcomed me into this community right after I signed up. 

3. I love that there are specific groups to join where like minded people can come together. 

4. I love that I can turn to others here to lift me up when I start to doubt myself as a writer.

5. I love seeing the creativity that exists within this community. There are some truly amazing writers here.

6. I love the energy this community exudes; positive, uplifting and empowering.

7. I love that people here selflessly share resources with everyone.  

8. I love being part of a group of women who are inspired by writing. 

9. I love that lifelong friendships can be made here. 

10. I love how this community makes me want to reach higher and stand stronger. 



I would personally like to wish She Writes a Happy Anniversary! Thank you for all you do for women writers everywhere. 

Now it's your turn. Tell me Ten Things You Love about being part of this wonderful community. 


Linda Higgins

Creator of the Ten Things I Love challenge


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Comment by Noreen J Byrne on August 21, 2012 at 4:15pm
Up to now I've only peeked into She Writes at the end of a busy week and always promise myself to become involved. There are always words to inovate the shy ones among us and a clap on the back for the more daring who light the way for all. My new webpage has made its debut at long last , my 8 books twirl about on it like proud ballet dancers while i carry on teaching (my second love) and with fingers & toes crossed i dare to ask your opinion. I read your tips and stories and this term I'm going to make She Writes my happy little pleasure. Irish hugs from Alicante. My new webpage Www. Noniebyrne.com
Comment by Sharon D. Dillon on June 17, 2011 at 12:33am
Thank you for your top 10. I haven't used the group enough to have my own list, but definitely agree with yours. Especially, I thank you for sharing the Gloria Estefan video. It touched my soul and challenged me like nothing else recently has.
Comment by Shary Hover Folkmann on June 15, 2011 at 5:28pm

10 Things I Love about She Writes

1. Friends.  Writing can be lonely and finding writer friends here makes it much less so.

2. Connections.  She Writes has members in every corner of the literary world.  All we have to do is ask, and we can find the person we need right here.

3. Education.  I learn something new about writing or publishing every time I log on.

4. Literature.  I find great book recommendations and beautiful passages to inspire me.

5. Humor.  There's always a blog post that makes me laugh.

6. Poetry.   Sometimes I find it in a poem, other times in an essay or blog.  She Writers write beautifully!

7. Current Events.  If it happened this morning, someone is writing about it this afternoon.  I love reading the commentaries on everything from politics to pop culture.

8. Advice. From blogs to water cooler chats, there's always someone here who can answer a question about anything related to writing.

9. Support. When I'm having a bad writing day, I know I can come to She Writes and find something to lift me up.

10. Respect.  She Writes is a safe and friendly place where we can be who we are without apology.  What could be better?


Comment by RYCJ on June 15, 2011 at 8:33am
Reiterating in some areas, perhaps expounding in others…
1. I find the diversity among writers most refreshing… from those contemplating writing their first book, to those established, along with the mix of ages, culture, and background.
2. And this! Post just like this one I find exciting!
3. The connections I’ve made are a major plus.
4. The site is well managed. Respect for others seems encouraged. Another big plus!
5. Just love the plethora of inspiring stories.
6. Meg Clayton’s bloghops (despite how infrequently I get to hop), but she always has something interesting going on.
7. Of course the wealth of information is beyond imaginable, downright overwhelming when you really get to analyzing it, but this is a great thing!
8. I’m impressed with the user-friendliness as well. The layout is simple and easy to navigate.
9. The security of knowing you have a place to go should you get stuck with a problem and need honest feedback.
10. Because SHEWRITE let me join! (kidding, of course) But I am a very proud member. So thanks!
Comment by Celia Stander on June 15, 2011 at 4:36am
You covered it Linda. Just been here a few weeks myself, but this site has already been incredibly helpful. Happy writing. :)


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