Hello again. Thank you for all your fantastic comments last week. I am now back from my holiday (and depressingly back at work) so the extravagant selection of goodies on offer is much reduced this week to budget teabags/instant coffee and a digestive or three in the office kitchen at the Council. Please help yourselves and keep the noise down or I might get into trouble for entertaining variously eccentric writerly types while I'm supposed to be working!
I was going to talk about characters this week, but I changed my mind and decided to write something about the Novel Racers.
I lurked in the shadows of the Novel Racers blog for many months in 2007/08, looking forward reading the posts and devouring the valuable grass-roots writing advice and information they contained. I was much in awe of the Racers, but could identify so much with all the comments. I wanted to join, but daren't ask. I didn't feel worthy or good enough. I thought I would make a fool of myself if I did. I mistakenly thought I couldn't leave a comment if I wasn't a member, until the Captain put me right on that score.
I used to be a secret writer and had been for many years. In the pre-internet days of the 80s and early 90s I craved for the friendship of other people like me. I always felt a bit of an oddity because writing was my hobby and something I loved. I was too self-conscious to join any writing groups or come out of the closet in any way.
The Novel Racers seems to be going through a kind of metamorphosis at the moment, but I was thrilled to see a comment on my last week's coffee morning post from Angel Bluestocking (thanks Debbie!) and it got me thinking. How many aspiring or accomplished writers hover around the edges of the Novel Racers blog?
We are all at various stages in our writing and that is fantastic. We can cheer each other on; we can feel each other's joy at each little success on our road to publication, but above all we can feel we belong somewhere.
So I'd like to put out a bit of a request. All you 'lurkers' out there, please join us this week for a virtual coffee and a biscuit. Let us know who you are and what you are working on at the moment. Unfortunately, I can't personally introduce my fellow Novel Racers to you - I'll leave them to tell you a bit about themselves in the comments. I can assure you they are all really nice people and won't chop you up in little pieces leaving bits scattered by the virtual wayside!