Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Blog Hop

I'm grateful for my villages - family, friends and writers                   
As one of the women in my writer's group likes to say, "Life has its seasons." This means that each of us has possibilities and limits at every stage. As a young mother, staying awake and sane enough to write a coherent story was out of my reach. I only had the energy and time to write down snippets of conversations, story ideas and very short essays.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
I am thankful that during my current season of life, I have more time to think, read and write. With a tea cup in hand and puppy at my side, I capture the characters talking in my head. Throw a load of t-shirts and jeans in the washer, then jot down more thoughts. It's amazing how writing two hours every day, adds up.

Last August, with a polished middle grade manuscript and several picture book manuscripts filed on my laptop, I reached out to writers and agents online. The blogging community of children and young adult writers share their experiences and information on writing. Although writing is a solo act, I appreciate being part of a village. I'm inspired by others passion for the written word.

For all writers with a polished Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult or Adult manuscript, check out Brenda Drake Writing . . . under the influence of coffee She is hosting #PitchWars.

Over 30 agented writers will act as coaches to polish and pitch an unagented writer's novel.

On November 26th, the coaches will post on their blogs which genre they wish to coach.

#PitchWars continues to trend. Join the fun!


  1. I was also solitary until I finished my first manuscript. The online community is fantastic. So supportive.

  2. Thanks for your comment! I just hopped on your blog. It's nice to meet a fellow writer.

  3. I'm thankful for our village too! It's an amazing place to be. We are also taking Adult and New Adult for the contest. I'll be coaching middle grade since I'm fresh of extensive edits and on sub with one right now. My brain is basically immature at the moment. LOL I'm happy to be in the season of my life where the kids are practically ghosts and I have more time to write. Though, I do miss the hectic times when they were younger. :)

  4. Brenda, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

  5. You're welcome and I forgot to say - LOVE THE PUPPY!


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