Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

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Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Great news for fellow blogger

Well, we are a talented bunch of bloggers aren't we! There's Sue and myself doing well with NaNo. Suzanne has started a pseudo Nano, Di had had a couple of articles published, and her mum has just had her non-fiction book published, and over on Fiction Is Stranger Than Fact Helen M Hunt has just sold another story to Woman's Weekly. There must be loads of other successes in Blog Land that I haven't seen, but if anyone else has had anything published then well done - it's an amazing achievement and should be celebrated.

Me and Sue will be going out for lunch (some people might say that we are already out to lunch but that's for a different blog posting!) when we've finished the madness that is NaNo. I'm looking forward to that as I think we writers should get out there together more and socialise - it's good to have a natter with a writing buddy as it makes us realise that a) we are not alone, b) there are other people out there who are just as quirky and mad about writing as we are and c) we are all going through the same things: rejections, successes, rejections, anxiety about our writing, rejections!

And that's why it's so nice to hear about fellow writers like Helen who have worked hard to get where they are with their writing and deserve all the success they have. It gives the rest of us hope that there is a way forward with our own writing and we can get published if we persevere, work hard, listen to the advice we're given by other, more established writers and change our own writing habits for the better.

I find other people's writing journeys (process, successes and near misses )such an inspiration and very motivating, but I haven't always felt like that. In the early days I was very insecure about my writing and would find other people's successes intimidating and it would demotivate me. But now I realise that their success didn't happen over night and they worked hard for their success and I know because I've been through/am going through working hard for my writing. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm moving forward and still writing and that's the important thing. If we stand still with our writing it becomes stale and we wonder why we don't get published. We have to keep a forward momentum, always listening, always reading, always writing and always adapting our style and giving our writing a regular overhaul. To coin a phrase from Oprah Winfrey, "When we know better, we do better."

So thank you Helen, Di, Phyllis and Suzanne, and all the other Bloggers out there who share their successes and near misses with us. And may we all keep moving forward.

Oh, and I nearly forgot - good luck to those going on the Wrekin Writer retreat tomorrow in Wales. Sorry I couldn't come this time but I hope that you all have a great time. I know I did last year, and I hope that you get loads of writing done.

For those who aren't going, I'll see you on Saturday at the meeting.

Julie xx


C.J.Duffy said...

Congratulations to all. I am still trying to get my first book published as I have just started the third in a series of six but bugger of a publisher has recognised my genius!
I have been published in a now defunct Essex magazine where I, a veggie, did reviews of local restaurants and aslo in some Avant Garde books which is amazing as I am about as Avant Garde as custard!

Good luck to all

Diane Perry said...

Thank YOU Julie, your blog is so inspiring and for me it's great to hear from other writers who are experiencing similar things. I used to feel 'why can't I do that?' when I heard of other writers having success but it only comes with hard work and experience and learning from others. I know I can do that!
I am really looking forward to the retreat this year, will miss you Sue and Simon. Have a good meeting at the writers.

Julie P said...

Thanks, CJ.

I do hope that you get your books published soon - at least you've finished a book and that takes some doing.

It's amazing what you can turn your hand to when you get going!

Julie xx

Julie P said...

Thanks, Di!

I shall miss you, but I hope you enjoy it. At least you won't be so stiff and sore this time.

Take care

Julie xx

Debs said...

Sometimes I think we're all a little mad, but I can't imagine ever being able to give up writing.

I love that saying by Oprah, I'll have to remember it.

Right, back to NaNo, as I'm getting a little behind now.

Julie P said...

I can't imagine a life without writing now either, Suzanne. But I must have managed before as I never wrote until 2007! But I don't want to go back to pre-writing!

Come on NaNo!

Julie xx

Suzanne Jones said...

A great post, Julie - lots to celebrate.

I think it's important to support each other - I'd have given up long ago without the encouragement of everyone in blogland.


Julie P said...

Too true, Suzanne. We all need support nd to be supportive.

Julie xxx

Olivia Ryan said...

I agree about support and encouragement - and I often think about how isolated writers were, years ago when there was no internet, no blogs, no forums or Facebook etc - the only way to connect with other writers was to go out & join a group or organisation. We have a lot more help at our fingertips these days. x

Julie P said...

We do, Olivia. It's so easy to get in touch with other writers with the Internet. I love the face to face contact too though.

Julie xx

We ahould organise an annual blogger get together!