Warm Fuzzies Blogfest

Hello, all! I'm super duper excited because I've joined Juliana Brandt's Warm Fuzzies Blogfest, where we spend four weeks celebrating being writers and blogging on various subjects. Juliana's blog is here.


The first topic Juliana has presented is how to broach the subject of being a writer to people who aren't writers.

For me, I tell everyone I possibly can because I LOVE being a writer, I want and plan on being published, and I want everyone to know it! Plus, I love answering questions about my books or writing, or oftentimes it branches off so that we end up chatting just about books that we love, which is also fun.

Random thought: There is totally a book board game out there called "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night."


You  get together with all your other book nerd friends and quiz each other with the opening lines of books. I'm totally getting it for myself for Christmas. :o)

Juliana has also asked that we share our best/worst responses when we've told someone we're writers. I mostly get this response:

"Really?" *eyebrows leap off foreheads* "What is your book about?"
Then I tell them my little spiel, and they mostly just nod. A few tell me they'd like to read it. Ta dum.

Anyway, check out the blogfest. And also--my friend Liz is having a Halloween Spooktacular Contest on her blog with agent Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary judging and offering a query and first ten pages critique! Check it out here.

And what about you? Do you tell people you're a writer?

22 comments

J. A. Bennett said...

That board games looks like the best game ever! I totally want to tell people I'm a writer, but I don't want to sound to full of myself. But if it comes up, I won't hold back!

Joanna said...

Yeah, I tend to tell people, because it has become such a huge part of my life. I have only been writing since January, and one of he hardest things is questions from friends who don't understand why i don't yet have a deal or anything published!!

Sounds like a fun blogfest!

Juliana L. Brandt said...

Ohmygosh! I'm totally checking out that game!

I'm impressed that you tell everyone like that. I definitely need to feel that comfortable :)

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

Sounds like a fun game...gonna have to look into getting one for myself :D

Sarah Pearson said...

That game definitely looks like fun :-)

Kate Larkindale said...

I'm getting better at telling people. Hell, I've even let some real-world people read my WIP. I think I'm making progress!

And that game sounds awesome!

Kelley said...

New follower! Love the blog!

I don't tell people. Don't know what I'm waiting for. I just keep telling myself I'm waiting. :)

Cortney said...

@Joanna-I'm still getting that from people too! It's such a long process!

@J.A., @Ms Saba, @Sarah-hooray for fun games!

@Kate-sometimes letting others read our WIPs is so hard! I've got two friends I'm waiting to hear back from about mine!

@Kelley-thanks for the follow!

Melissa Kline said...

Hi Cortney! You have an AWESOME blog here! I love your bio - I, too am a mother of two boys and can totally relate to balancing mommy hood and writer hood. :)

So great to hear you love and embrace being a writer! Me too! That board game looks super fun. It's going on my x-mas list.

I'm also a SCBWI member. So great to connect with you!!!

~Melissa

Jessica Therrien said...

I'm getting that game!!

Abby Fowers said...

Too fun. Honestly ... I still HATE to tell people that I'm a writer. HATE IT! Yeah- because of all those stupid responses. So... I rely on the awesome writing community and my crit partners for support. Once I have a novel that is ready to be published, I will tell more people I am a writer! lol

Angela Cothran said...

I love the idea of that game :) I don't usually tell people I am a writer, but somehow they seem to find out--weird.

lynnhubbard said...

Halloween Hop!
Hi! The scariest book I've ever read was "IT". It reached deep into my subconsciousness and scared the heck out of me! For Halloween I'll be dragging out my Elmo snuggy for my couch potato costume.

~Lynn

www.lynnhubbard.com

Chemist Ken said...

Do any of the people who tell you they'd like to read your story actually read it, as far as you know?

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Patricia Lynne said...

I still dislike telling people I'm a writer. I think it's the spotlight and dreading any questions they'll ask.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I'm so intrigued by that board game - must investigate :)

Great post - new follower!

Kim Van Sickler said...

Hi Cortney,
I'm visiting you from the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest. I think it's great that you identify so strongly with being a writer that you tell everyone. Tears sounds like a great book. Good luck with getting it published. I admire that you can work to music. I love the quiet (when there is some), but I've been thinking that listening to music I think my character would like might provide some additional inspiration. I should try it.
Kim Van Sickler
http://swaggerwriters.blogspot.com/

Cortney said...

Thanks for stopping by!

@Chemist Ken-My book isn't published yet, but I do peg down a few people who tell me they want to read it so I can get their critique/opinion/suggestions. I have another person who reminds me to get a copy to her every time I see her, but I'm cheap and I don't want to print the whole thing off! Lol. Lazy, I know.

@Kim-You should definitely try it, that's a great idea!

Thanks again, everyone!! :D Hope you all have a great Halloween weekend!

Coleen Patrick said...

I want that game too! I think I saw it in this month's Writers Digest.
Look forward to getting to know you more thru the blog fest!

Emma said...

Hi Cortney - thanks for visiting my blogfest post! Glad you liked the snail piccy.

It's so interesting to get to know fellow authors and see how they work. I hope that your mission with the agent is successful.

It seems such a shame that your work is not out there being read. Have you ever thought of self-publishing your books? It's not so hard to do. I was totally fed up with rejections from publishers and agents who would not even look at taking new clients, so along with my partner we decided to go digital and I now have 2 of my books available online - in just about any format that an e-reader will take: Kindle, Nook, Sony, Apple (iPad,iPhone), EPUB, PDF for PC etc.

It's still early days for me (published 6 months ago) and certainly it has been a massive learning curve - not so much on the getting the books out (which was surprisingly easy) but trying to work out how to market them. But, it is is so satisfying to see them out there and to know that people are enjoying reading them (I have had some kind reviews).

My biggest thrill was when I was listed as No 3 best seller by Amazon in one of their obscure tag lists: Romance/Adventure/suspense, with The Time Traveller's Wife at no 2 and Frenchman's Creek at no 4. I got my camera out and took a photo of the screen as it gave me such a buzz!!

Best of luck anyway and look forward to seeing your posts on Warm Fuzzies.

Emma

Brianna said...

It still feels awkward saying 'I'm a writer' but it also feels awesome when I do!

I'll have to look for that board game! Sounds like an idea for a writer's group Christmas party!

Cortney said...

@Coleen, Lol That's where I saw it too, in my Writer's Digest!

@Emma, I have thought of self-publishing, actually! But I want to try the agent-route first, just to see if I can get my foot in the door that way. I understand your satisfaction at seeing your work published, though. How exciting it must be! Congrats on being number 3 on Amazon, that's super cool!! I'll go look up your book!

@Brianna, what an awesome idea! Christmas party, excellent!

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