You know what they say about birds of a feather...
Hello heya and howdy! Time for another one of those crazy blog hops for us LifeListClubbers, who really like to stick together as we are birds of one feather... or something like that.
Today I have the pleasure of hosting J.A. Bennett, who is a good friend and fellow writer/lifelister, and as you can see from the image and title above... she'll be talking about sticking birds together with glue and... nah, just kidding! The only thing we'll be sticking together today will be writers. Read on.
Hello faithful readers! I am so honored to be posting at Lyn's blog today! You've heard from me, Jennie @ A Book A Girl A Journey in various ways here because Lyn and I are pals, and apparently she thinks I'm someone you all know and love.
You can find Lyn at Emily Moir's blog, and you can check out her Life List by clicking on the fabulouso tab above ^. Plus you can be one of our totally awesome members by following this blog, my blog, or any blog on the Life List club link you see to your right à. Go ahead and creature your own life list then sit back and be inspired while we hop around every-other Friday.
Of course, since I'm here with super friendly Lyn, I had to talk about friends.
The other night when I was at my critique group we got on the subject of maps. It was something I still needed to make for the YA fantasy book I'm writing and I really loved the way one of my critique partners put hers together.
As we were talking, it dawned on me how easy it was to talk to her (and the others in my group) about a mythical land with mythical powers and such.
On the other hand, when I talk to someone who's not a writer I stumble over my words, embarrassed.
Because the truth is, we writers are a little crazy in the noggin. Adults are told to keep the real world and the pretend world separate - but if writers were to adhere to said rules, books would be boring.
That's why we need our writer friends, because to them it's not so crazy. Certainly, once you're published and everyone reads how masterfully you have put the fantastical words to paper, they will see that you are completely sane, and (dare I say) they may worship you for it.
But until that glorious day, it's good to hang with other crazies such as yourself.
So what does this have to with the #lifelistclub? Aren't we all about achieving goals? Why yes, we are.
The thing about crazy writers is that we often get down on ourselves. I know I have done it time and again. We have these big dreams, and we want to reach for the stars. So when we fall short we feel like we have nowhere to turn.
This is the point where we have to realize that hope is not lost, because there is this wonderful community of people who have 'been there'.
They will pick you up off your feet, give you a big hug, and sympathize with your plight. They'll say that this is a long road, and it takes hard work to achieve your dreams. And you know what? They'll be right.
This is when you dust yourself off, have a little chat with your muse, and put your characters into line. And when another writer is suffering, you will do the same for them. Then the inspiration will go around in a huge happy circle.
That's what's so great about the life list club, we are all there for one another, cheering each other on.
What do you do when it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel?
Jennie Bennett is a stay-at-home mom of two kids and the author of the blog, A Book, A Girl, A Journey, which features posts about writing and musing on life.
Her current work in progress is a YA fantasy about a world in need of magic and a girl who can give it. Find her on twitter and Facebook.