So Long, Farewell!
I’ve been reading Write Anything for three years, participated in Fiction Friday for nearly three years, been the Wednesday columnist for two; having had a few guest posts published before then. Apparently I have 101 posts to my name on the site. Some of them even have comments on them.
Being accepted as a columnist forced me to undertake my journey as a writer even more seriously, to question and explore topics and themes. My outcome for my posts was to provide a rounded opinion or research to which readers might add their thoughts or begin a new thread of discussion for others to ponder.
I have become passionate about collaborative writing, of educating, supporting and encouraging emerging writers on our collective journey toward whatever greatness we have set for ourselves. I’m very protective of the community spirit engendered through Fiction Friday.
I owe a deep gratitude to this community.
Unlike so many others, I never harboured a dream of being a writer when I was knee high to a wotzit. It sort of fell on me and like mould, grew over the top of any reasoning I had not to pursue this career. Without Write Anything and particularly Fiction Friday, I would never have had the confidence to show other people my writing; never pushed myself to be better or to improve my skills. Thank you to my fellow columnists, in particular Jodi and Paul.
Being involved with the community has afforded me connections with writers I would never have normally met or had the opportunity to work with. I’ve developed friendships and business relationships with talented writers from around the globe.
Its been said a number of times this week – but I’d like to thank Karen for taking a punt on me as a writer, for encouraging me at the start and allowing me to test my writers wings on her website.
As with most things, I like to be organised with my posts, following a theme or making it relevant to the audience. At one point last year, I had scheduled 6 weeks of posts as I was going to be unable to get to the internet for a large amount of time. Certainly, I ensure my posts are scheduled a few days ahead of time. I hate last minute rushes.
And yet – here I find myself on the eve of my last post with nothing more than rambling on the page. I’d planned …something.. but instead you have the ravings of a near hysterical writer who has realised that her caterpillars have spun their cocoons and are now ready to emerge. Can you hear the cracking?
Just as you cannot hold back the sea or stop the life cycle of our butterflys, the continual evolving nature of a community such as Write Anything needs to be allowed space to breathe and grow in order for it too to emerge with its rainbow coloured wings and take flight.
Welcome to our transition. Welcome to the change.