Fellowship and Writing. What a Great Combo!
Bet you thought I was going to say fiction, or friendship, or Facebook. Nope. This post is all about fellowship.
I love this word. When I hear it, my mind conjures up church picnics and writing groups–people gathering to mingle and share. Packs a lot of punch, this word. By definition it means: friendly relationship; companionship; a community of interest.
That’s what we are…a community of people with like interests. We are writers who love to fellowship with other writers. But we don’t draw a line in the dirt and tell others not to cross it. Instead, we write stories hoping our story will be the one that will draw in a reluctant reader, an “almost” writer–someone who would love to write but is too afraid to venture out into the publishing world. We encourage. That’s what fellowship is all about. We share our joys and we help one another shoulder disappointments. We learn from each other. Fellowship is a wondrous thing.
Where else in one little corner of the world can a writer find others who are willing to come-a-runnin’ when one of us is in trouble? Our non-writing friends want to help, but they can’t. They scratch their heads when we mumble to ourselves about how to get our character out of a mess. They can’t (or would rahhhhther not) follow us as we follow possible candidates for our work-in-progress in the grocery store. They simply don’t comprehend that we MUST memorize everything about that person because that person IS the main character in our next project. Friends are wonderful, but writing friends are heaven-sent. They are our fellow confidants. The people with whom we fellowship.
I’m grateful for the fellowship with fellow writers. I’m appreciative of all the help offered to me. Mostly, though, I’m humbled by the graciousness of God for bestowing us with this gift of writing and the added bonus of fellowship, friends, and people who “get” us.
Have a wonderful week, fellowship friends!
About Debbie Archer:
Debbie writes humorous fiction for both adult and middle grade audiences. While her work is often sprinkled with humor, her topics are candid and carry messages of healing. Two writers’ groups offer her firm direction and unlimited support. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and has published in both fields. Her home is in a nestled-up part of Arkansas with her incredibly patient husband and a band of rescue animals.
Professional afflictions include ALA, International Reading Association, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, ACFW, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America.
Among her favorite authors are Christopher Paul Curtis, Regina Rudd Merrick, Kate DiCamillo, Melody Carlson, Christine Lynxwiler, Tara Johnson, Talya Tate Boerner, Karen Kingsbury, Sheila Turnage, Jan Karon, and of course Dr. Seuss.
Her compass verse is Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Feel free to visit her at www.debbiearcher.com