This post marks the 100th for the What Women Write blog.
We debated about how best to mark this milestone and eventually decided to reflect on what we've covered and ask what you'd like to see for future posts.
Last June we kicked off this venture with one clear goal: Encourage and celebrate women who write.
The six of us who contribute here come from similar walks: We're all wives and moms, most are sisters and each of us write fiction in addition to our other callings in life. But we all have varied writing styles and that helps each of us grow in our writing.
A few years ago, I decided to take the leap from just writing for newspapers and magazines and try my hand at fiction. A recent transplant to North Texas, I visited a few writers' groups before finding the Writers' Guild of Texas. (It was so new at the time, it didn't even have its official name.) I took a seat in the back and happened to be right behind Kim and Joan. I overheard their talking about critiquing each others' works and asked if I could join in. Thankfully they agreed.
Joan and I attended a conference in Oklahoma a couple of years ago, and she brought Elizabeth along. Julie found me online and struck up a connection; Susan ran into Joan, Elizabeth and me last spring at the DFWWW Conference in Grapevine.
Our strongest connection remains frequent emails, but we also try to meet in person once a month. And we successfully completed our inaugral writing retreat this fall.
This blog has allowed us to voice our opinions and share our journeys of the writing life. Along the way we've invited others to share their wisdom and walks as well.
We've interviewed eight authors and one editor/publisher and have had three guest bloggers: Kim's mom, Deborah Downes; Moonrat and Karen Harrington. (We also met Karen, a local author, at WGT.) We have more interviews scheduled and hope you enjoy reading about those who have paved the way for the rest of us.
Now...it's your turn. What would you like to see from this blog? Is there an author you'd like to learn more about? An agent you'd like to hear from? We've learned that it never hurts to ask, and so far, no one has turned us down flat. We'd love to hear your input.