Have you recently read something by a contemporary writer that has left you breathless? Have you stumbled across a blog that you absolutely loved and kept coming back to? Have you read any article or comment that was so witty and fresh that you wanted to applaud the author and yell congratulations? Did you go ahead do it?
We should more often take the time to congratulate the people who make our lives richer. Spare a few minutes to give kudos to all those who have brought us a good book, a nifty article or a hilarious comment. Writers love the attention, and they deserve it. Besides, it doesn’t cost a dime and it’s good karma!
Here’s a big high-five to the guys that light up my writing experience time and again:
Renee Miller @ Dangling on the Edge of (In)Sanity — you’re an incredibly hard working, perseverent and honest writer, a straight-cut and hilarious gal, and a great friend. Thanks for making me laugh and giving me hope!
Katrina Monroe @ Do As I Say, Not As I Do – And Other Nonsense — your short stories are some of the most candid slices of life, and your mind’s as sharp as your tongue. Thanks for always being outspoken!
The muttley crew of writers / editors @ OnFictionWriting.com — you guys are undeniably the most colorful, supportive and wonderfully inspirational bunch of writers I’ve met! Thank you Carlos Cortes, Michael Keyton, Kate Quinn, Paul Mitton, Rita Webb, Wendy Swore, Henry Lara, Jeanne Voelker, Gwendolyn McIntyre, and of course, Renee and Katrina, and everyone else.
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Chuck Wendig @ Terribleminds — you kicked me out of the dazed stupor of aspiring to become a writer, and straight into owning up to it and getting the hell to work. Your writing advice is invaluable, especially for shaking the crap out of writerly notions. Thanks for doing what only you can do!
Roz Morris @ Nail Your Novel — you’re a model of open commitment to the whole kit and caboodle of being a writer, the long-winded hard work of drafting, the finicky process of editing, the gauntlet run of publishing and the honest, continuous relationship with your readers. Thanks for showing us it can all be done with grace!
There are more great people I’d like to give my thanks to, for wildly different reasons, like Sebastian Marshall, Holly Lisle, Randy Ingermanson, Eric J. Lerner, Chuck Palahniuk, Andrew Robinson, and many many more.
Also a HUGE thanks to the dedicated and wildly different writers and bloggers that I’ve met in this year’s #atozchallenge—you guys are incredible! To name just a few I’ve met so far, off the top of my head, I’d love to give kudos to J.W. Alden, Tracy Brown, Jay Noel, Kern Windwraith, Adam Gaylord, Jaye Robin Brown, Amberr Meadows, Dazediva, Jen McConnel, and many more, including the great and hard-working hosts and co-hosts, and everyone else who are doing their best and having fun writing!
Oh man, and I’ve barely started!
Who would you like to give thanks to the most?
This blog post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, April 2012