Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sara: Communities

Confession: I am afraid of blogging. I think bloggers are very brave; I even think people who post what they are doing now on Facebook are very brave. I don't like making such public statements. My brother found creative ways to torture me and when we were young and rode the subway to school together, he would just have to talk loudly about me- “Sara has a big field hockey game today!”, and I would be extremely embarrassed and try to get into the next car. Pronouncements make me uncomfortable. So, why did I start a blog? Well, its a group blog, so I get to cower a little behind the writers I work with, which makes it less scary. But also, I wanted a place where all of my children's authors could meet, and some of them live far away and my apartment is also tiny and wouldn't work for such a party.

I am excited about the idea of us getting to know each other better-- and also about sharing the experience of getting emails from writers all day, many of which are funny, and many inspiring.

Publishing is an uncertain, difficult, crazy business -- making it all the more certain that we are all here because we love it and can’t imagine what other more sensible and more profitable job we would do instead. So communities are important. I am lucky to have a supportive group of agent friends whose group email chain I couldn’t do without, and I know so many of you have fabulous critique partners and writing groups— as well as family and friends who are supporting you. I hope this blog will become another community.

14 comments:

  1. I tip my hat to you, Sara! Though I have a community of wonderful friends in Olympia, WA, none of them are writers--and sometimes it's really hard to explain to them why I look so frazzled all the time when I'm at the same time doing what I love. Thank you!

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  2. SARA HAS A NEW BLOG!!

    Don't ride the subway with your bro anytime soon!

    Thanks for setting this up, Sara, I think it will be a lot of fun. =)

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  3. Sometimes, it is incredibly nice to know that there's somewhere you can turn and say "My cover has foil!" and you know the people around you get why that's an amazing thing! (Not that my cover has foil. But if it did, you guys would totally understand!)

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  4. Welcome to the blogosphere, Sara! I look forward to following all of you and learning lots. (Plus, it's great to have a cool distraction—as opposed to a mindless one—when I'm stuck somewhere with writer's block or just plain exhaustion.)

    Mary Ann

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  5. This is such a great idea. I look forward to following y'all! :)

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  6. That was great miss!
    three cheers! :)

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  7. I'm so glad that you've started this blog. It has a lot of potential and possibility, and I look forward to reading everyone's posts!

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  8. I'm so glad you started this, Sara! Thank you!

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  9. I started blogging in March and am absolutely addicted to it. Although I enjoy writing fiction, I believe writing on a blog everyday has helped to motivate me, make me look at how I write differently, and gives me an out for everything else going on in my brain! Enjoy blogging.

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  10. I am exited to follow along and see what you guys have to say! Looks like fun!!

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  11. It's ALL good! Welcome Sara C! 8-)

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