Inner Spirit and The Writer

Hello, everyone. Hope those of you who got to celebrate the extended Presidents’ Day weekend here in the USA got to do something special you might not have been able to do on a regular weekend. Our ‘lovely’ weekend turned out to be a major windstorm all Saturday, a diminishing one for a good part of Sunday and more snow on Monday. (And here I was Sunday evening, happily walking the clear streets, remembering how wide they actually are when not flanked on each side by mini-mountains of white stuff, lol.)

As usuall, I’m off on a tangent. Sorry. I’m back. 🙂 Lately, story/revision ideas have been crawling all around the grey matter, but I can’t seem to corrale and make organized sense of them. Good thing I’ve got a few blog posts to write, lol.  And I’m never lacking for reports, but I can finally say I’m learning how to get them out more quickly and a lot less wordy, lol. (Took all this time for that editing experience to generalize to my school kids!)  

Back again! Today I’m thrilled to introduce another online friend, Rachel Brimble! She’ll fill you in on how we came across each other. An error on my part–and a comment on our Facebook pages led to this post. Thanks so much, Rachel, for being here today! (I’m thinking we could have been sisters–look at our ‘babies’ and our  hair; Rachel’s is just like mine–prior to two boys. :))



It is so lovely to be here visiting with one of my best online writer friends! Joanna and I met through our mutual publisher The Wild Rose Press and their online group. Since then we have chatted via the group, Facebook and email, and her support of me (often moaning about my lack of writing time or my kids’ behaviour) and my writing has been amazing.

So when she asked me if I’d like to guest blog, I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about. Friendship and support in the writing world.

 Knowing there are people out there (in Joanna’s case she is overseas in the US and I am in the UK) means everything for a feeling of inner strength and belief. It is human nature to doubt what you are thinking or doing, and worrying people will laugh or put you down. When you meet people who are cheering you on, loving and admiring your work and most of all, sharing your struggles, it gives an incredible sense of excitement and optimism.

Writers are often introverts and happy in their own company so that voice in your head telling you to give up or you’re not good enough will take over if you don’t fill your mind with other thoughts. My advice? Mix up your social circle, reach out through social mediums such as Twitter and Facebook and surround yourself with optimistic, supportive and fun people. You will be amazed how quickly you realize those thoughts are echoed and conquered throughout your writing peers every day. Which means?

That you can stand tall and know you are no better or worse than the successful writers out there. Stand back and watch yourself grow and shine until you feel as though your star is in reach – because it is!

   Rachel’s latest release is Getting It Right This Time from Lyrical Press. (Awesome book cover art!)   

Here is the blurb:  Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home a widow, seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her…and her daughter.

A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors.  So even though he lost the girl of his dreams five years before to his best friend, Mark finds no hardship is being single. Or so he thought…but now Kate is back.

Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work. But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him being anywhere near her daughter?  Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?

Want to know how it all turned out? Buy it here

Contact Rachel?  Website; blog; TwitterFacebook.

Love how the internet connects folks who might never have crossed paths otherwise. (Maybe when I hit an awesome contract and an even better advance I’ll show up on Rachel’s English doorstep, lol. It could happen. Of course, I’d have to get to Australia first to see Rafa play the Open there… :))

Thursday, I’ll be posting a fun article I wrote about life-changing decisions. A wonderful post by Kristen Lamb at The Writer Warrior reminded me I wrote and forgot to share. (Gee, how could that happen??? BTW, check out her blog. Everything you’ll ever need to know about Twitter, Facebook,  social media and writing is there and she keeps it flowing, 3x weekly! I’m subscribed and loving it!)

Anyway, hope to see you Thursday!  As A.A. Milne’s (English) and irrespressible Tigger would say,  



17 thoughts on “Inner Spirit and The Writer

  1. Good morning Joanna and Rachel. (Although I believe it’s already afternoon in the UK) Great post about friendship and support in the writing world. Thanks for reminding us that we’re not alone in our self doubt.

    Have a great day!


    P.S. Sorry if this posts twice, the first post seemed to disappear.


    1. It’s now late afternoon in the UK but we’re still open for visitors, lol. Self-doubt is so a part of this gig. Thank God He’s given us each other to help deal with that and, hopefully, move past it. Thanks so much and come again!


  2. Hi there,
    I consider myself lucky not only to be a fellow TWRP author, but also to be your friend. Wonderful blog. Sending you hugs from the cold, wet, snowy state of Maryland.


    1. Hi Donna,

      Our state is above freezing but very wet with melting snow. (At least I can see the sidewalks again.) We are blessed to have so many roses with whom to connect, share and commiserate–thanks so much for dropping in! Hope you visit again soon 🙂


  3. Making friends is always a sweet thing, but when the person you’ve found is also a writer–Priceless!! As writers, we do need “alone” time, and not everyone understands that. “Why can’t you go shopping with me? You’d rather stay home and write? What kind of friend are you?” Well, I’m a writer friend and they’re a tad different…no, not everyone understands that. Interesting post. So nice meeting someone from the UK. Write on!!


    1. As I mentioned in the post, I love how my world is opened up to people with whom I may never have crossed paths otherwise. We’re all so busy to connect frequently, but it SO nice to know the support is out there, especially from those who truly ‘get’ what we writer-types are about. (Took me long enough to get it, lol!) Thanks for stopping by, Vonnie. Hope to see you again 🙂


  4. Hellooo, ladies!!

    So sorry to be away all day. It is the kids half term break here so I have been visiting Nanny and away from my computer all day. So glad you all enjoyed the post and understand the greatness of having writer friends. Isn’t it the best thing in the world to have someone understand you without having to explain. Validation is key to happiness. Always.

    Love the pics side by side, Joanna – couldn’t we just be sisters? LOL!

    Rachel x


    1. Not sure if I sent you the e-mail about losing your photo attachment and making one from your website physically or just mentally, lol. Made my son take the one of me and my Blackjack–couldn’t resist!

      And yes, validation is a joy! What would we be without it?


  5. I believe our online writer friends can relate to our writing joys and frustrations in a way our friends in the real world can’t, try though they may. I certainly appreciate all the support I’ve had from my online pals!


  6. Cheers for the online friends, Jannine! Thanks for the visit 🙂

    I believe we were looking at hosting you here as well–whenever you’re ready, of course. 😉


  7. Hi! So true about the friendship of other writers, near or far. I knew I’d found ‘home’ when I left my first local RWA (Romance Writer’s of America) meeting. My life has only grown since then. 🙂

    And Rachel, that is one beautiful cover for Getting It Right This Time.


    1. I remember walking into my first NJRWA meeting–kindred spirits everywhere! Rachel’s cover IS amazing, Stacey. I agree! Thanks for stopping in!


  8. So true, Rachel. I’m so grateful to have met so many wonderful authors like you and Joanna. Your friendship and support is like a much-needed safety net!
    Congrats on your new release! The cover’s gorgeous. Loved the blurb too.


  9. Hello Rachel and Joanna!
    Rachel, I love the excerpt for your story. I wish you great sales!

    Joanna, you must live in the midwest like I do. We had quite a storm Monday.


  10. Thanks for coming by, ladies – I love you all! Isn’t the cover great? This is my first book is Lyrical Press and I have another coming out in September. So looking forward to that cover too!

    Rachel x


  11. Thanks for coming by, ladies – I love you all! Isn’t the cover great? This is my first book with Lyrical Press and I have another coming out in September. So looking forward to that cover too!

    Rachel x


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