Interesting, this is my 60th blogpost for Prairie Chicks! And I’m writing it to say good-bye. Emotions overwhelm me – but mostly sadness envelops me as I type these words. The end of an idea that gave me such joy and elation, such enthusiasm. The end, but just the beginning.
As Jana said on Monday, we decided back at the end of 2008 to create a group blog. There was a brief discussion about having just the two of us blog, but we knew the workload would be too much. After bringing on 3 other Chicks (Susan, Anita and Karyn), we were off and running. And what a run! 698 posts later, here we are wrapping it up. Jana also eluded to the fact that maybe if we had not focused on writerly topics we may have been able to keep going – but focus on writing we did! Do you know how hard it is to come up with a writing article every week? When we brought on other Chicks (Joanne, Hayley, Connie, Myrene, Helena, Anne, and Stephanie), we were writing articles every second week – still incredibly hard!
But what a bevy of relevant information! I think we covered every topic under the writing umbrella. Conferences, beginnings, agents, queries, non-fiction, writing spaces, titles, loglines, genre, grammar, characterization, themes, setting, dialogue, motivation, branding, backstory – you name it, we covered it! Covered it in fine fashion (well done, Chicks, well done).
I think, as I look back on my journey with the Chicks, there were many lessons learned! Working with a group of people is difficult – compromise and discussion is so important in a venture such as this! Deadlines – OMG, deadlines! I still haven’t managed to get a post written and scheduled ahead of a deadline, but I’m working on getting better at it. Craft – man, what I didn’t know about this writing gig! The support and genuine caring from other writers – the writing community, vast as it is, is such a tight knit, supportive one. The friendships developed from this blog venture will last a lifetime, even though the blog will not. The Chicks themselves, but our readers, too. And voice!
The biggest and bestest lesson learned from being a part of this amazing blog has been finding my voice. Writing the blogposts allowed me experiment with my writing, allowed me come into my own as a writer. I found my voice here on The Prairies! And for that, I am forever grateful. There is nothing in the world as satisfying and joyous as putting oneself out there (quirks and all) and having people respond that they liked it! What more could a writer ask for? That response fueled my desire to write more – that response gave me hope as a writer when rejections created self-doubt!
I am sad that the Prairie Chicks are ending their amazing run. But I am excited about the future and what it holds for each of us. I’m a firm believer in new beginnings and a lover of inspirational quotes. I leave you with this:
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. ~ Seneca
Please stay tuned, People of Blogland – the next two weeks will be filled with the Chicks individual blogs about goals, the future and where you can find us after this group blog ends.